1973 Holden HQ Belmont – Today’s Muscle Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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1973 Holden HQ Belmont 1973 Holden HQ Belmont

A monster lurks beneath the bonnet

The Holden HQ is a range of large-sized family and commercially oriented vehicles that was built by GMH between July 1971 and October 1974.

Replacing the outgoing Holden HG, the HQ brought with it myriad changes over its predecessor, including a completely new body and a refreshed range of powertrains.

The HQ was made available to customers in a number of different body styles that included a four-door sedan, five-door wagon, two-door coupe, two-door ute, two-door panel van and a two-door cab chassis.

Power was derived from a range of motors that comprised a 2.8lt and 3.3lt inline six-cylinder or a 4.1lt, 5.0lt or 5.7lt V8.

The shove from these motors was sent to the HQs rear wheels via either a three or four-speed manual or a three-speed automatic transmission.

The HQ was a highly successful model for the Iron Lion, with over 485,650 models being produced in its three-and-a-bit year lifespan.

In fact, the Holden HQ is the bestselling Holden of all time, and by quite a large margin, with GMH’s next best seller being the VT Commodore at 303,895 units.

This particular HQ is a ’73 Belmont panel van and, according to the seller, the vehicle has had a couple of choice modifications made to it to improve performance.

These modifications include a 350ci Chevy motor that has been stroked to 383ci, a six-speed manual transmission, nine-inch rear end and four-wheel disc brakes.

The seller adds that the vehicle is showing an indicated 80,128 kilometres on the odometer and has been fitted with central locking.

The Belmont is $38,888 and anyone interested in this classic Aussie muscle car can view the full listing here

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