1977 HZ Holden Statesman – Today’s Aussie Luxo Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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1977 HZ Holden Statesman 1977 HZ Holden Statesman

They don’t make them like this anymore

The Holden HZ is a range of large sized, family and commercially oriented vehicles that was built by the Iron Lion in a period in Aussie automotive manufacturing when big, luxury focussed automobiles ruled the marketplace.

First released in October of 1977, the HZ replaced the outgoing Holden HX and stayed in production until April 1980.

Changes made over its predecessor were, cosmetically at least, pretty minor, and included things like a new grille and minor interior tweaks.

The HZ was also massively benefitted by the addition Holden’s Radial Tuned Suspension, which was said to markedly improve both the ride and handling of the vehicle.  

Power came from three different engines that comprised a 3.3lt inline six-cylinder, 4.2lt V8 or a 5.0lt V8.

These donks sent power to the HZs rear wheels via either a three or four-speed manual or a three-speed automatic transmission.

This particular HZ is a ’77 Statesman De Ville and, according to the seller, the vehicle has travelled an original 270,000 kilometres from new.

The seller adds that the De Ville has no rust, a reconditioned 5.0lt bent-eight donk and is in excellent condition both inside and out.

The HZ Statesman is $23,000 and anyone interested in the opulent Aussie classic can view the full listing here.

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