1974 Holden HQ Kingswood – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Affordable HQ Kingswood - Mostly original and reportedly in very good mechanical condition

Arriving in 1971, the HQ Holden was an instant hit, lauded for its looks and comprehensive upgrades over the preceding HG.

New for the generation was a unibody construction and coil spring rear end.

With 485,650 vehicles sold, the HQ remains Holden’s best-selling car, ever.

Six-cylinder engine options swelled in displacement; with 173ci and 202ci options available. 253ci, 308ci, and 350ci Chev V8 options remained.

This 1974 HQ Kingswood caught our eye, largely for its very reasonable price tag - $23,990.

Photos and details are light on the ground, but it looks very neat, finished in what appears to be factory Monterey Green with a white vinyl roof.

There’s a 202ci inline-six red motor under the bonnet, though the seller makes no mention of transmission – though our bets are on either a three-speed Trimatic or column-shift auto.

Judging from the impressive garage in the photos, the seller looks like a true Aussie revhead, so chances are the car has been at least moderately well taken care of.

There are some period-correct details that can be identified too, such as the windshield sun visor and rear window louvres.

The car could very well be worth investigating for anyone after a neat running HQ Kingswood as the basis for a resto, or just a solid weekend Aussie cruiser.

The car is based in QLD, and you can check out the full listing here!


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