1974 Holden HQ Kingswood sedan - today's tempter

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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1974 Holden HQ Kingswood sedan - today's tempter
1974 Holden HQ Kingswood sedan

Forty-seven years down the track, it's hard to imagine what an impact the hugely popular HQ series Holdens had on the market.

Here's what automotive historian Dr John Wright had to say about it, in a story he penned for us a few years ago:

"Back in July 1971, it was almost impossible to believe that the HQ Holden was actually a Holden. For many, it was automotive love at first sight, just as the FE had been 15 years earlier. Here was one of the most beautiful mainstream sedans in the world. The HQ borrowed Buick and Pontiac themes and perfected them in a elegantly proportioned and relatively compact package. Age has not wearied this aesthetic."

You can read the full story here.

There's an example for sale in Queensland that caught our eye, priced at $23,990.

It looks like a clean and mostly original car that's been lowered a little. It's running the 202ci (3.3lt) straight six red motor. However there's no mention of the transmission. The Trimatic three-speed auto was the most popular option, though a three-speed column shift is also likely.

The windscreen sunvisor does nothing for fuel economy, but it's right for the period and many collectors would love to have it.

You can see the ad here.

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