1973 Holden HQ Kingswood – Today’s Bargain Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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1973 Holden HQ Kingswood 1973 Holden HQ Kingswood
1973 Holden HQ Kingswood 1973 Holden HQ Kingswood
1973 Holden HQ Kingswood 1973 Holden HQ Kingswood
1973 Holden HQ Kingswood 1973 Holden HQ Kingswood
1973 Holden HQ Kingswood 1973 Holden HQ Kingswood
1973 Holden HQ Kingswood 1973 Holden HQ Kingswood
1973 Holden HQ Kingswood 1973 Holden HQ Kingswood

Make your mates green with envy

The Holden HQ is the godfather of the Aussie chrome bumper classics and is firmly solidified as one of, if not the greatest cars this country has ever made.

When it was first released in 1971 it was a completely new design from its predecessor, the HG, and featured a plethora of upgrades, chief among which was a perimeter frame and unibody (semi-monocoque) construction. The HQ was also the first Holden to have coil spring rear suspension.

Interestingly, as a cost cutting measure the HQ was never engineered for left-hand drive markets, which subsequently meant that Holden’s exports dropped from 41,181 in 1973 to a mere 7,440 in 1975.

However this didn’t dishearten Holden execs too much, as the HQ became Holden’s most popular selling car ever, with 485,650 units sold in total. That’s a number that still hasn’t been beaten to this day.

The HQ spawned 16 different iterations, some of which became famed models for Holden. These included the Sandman, One Tonner and SS V8.

This particular HQ Kingswood is a 1973 June build with a glacier white roof over Juniper green metallic. It’s got a 202 6-cylinder mated to a 3-speed column-shift manual. According to the owner it is an original Canberra vehicle and is in very original condition.

Asking price for the vehicle is $8,999, which seems like a pretty reasonable price considering other HQ models are going for much, much more. If you’re interested in this piece of fine Aussie engineering then you can view the full listing here

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