1972 Holden HQ Belmont – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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“Re-bodied” as an SS with 253 V8 and T-bar auto, should be a fun toy

Holden’s HQ SS was an unexpected success.

They initially only planned to produce 1500 of them but a mad dash through the dealerships forced them to pump out another 1300.

It was intended to be a cheap and cheerful spec’d up Belmont, made with next to no budget.

They were typified by the 253 V8 and came with a four-on-the-floor as standard.

With the small production batch, many Belmonts were turned into replicas when SS’ began fetching inflated prices.

This one included, though it does look like one of the better executed examples than some of the backyard jobs we’ve seen.

The listing states the car began as a 1972 Belmont HQ, though cites an "SS Re-body" giving it the up-spec sporty aesthetics.

The car is Ultraviolet in colour and looks to be in good and clean condition both outside and in.

Under the bonnet sits the SS-correct 253 V8 with power sent out back via a T-bar automatic.

Inside is the full suite of SS bits including dash, steering wheel, console and first-run SS houndstooth seat inserts.

No, it may not be an original number’s matching SS from factory but it looks the part and, more importantly, should put a smile on your face like one too.

We reckon it looks like a neat toy for someone looking for a turn-key classic to use on the weekend.

The car is listed for $44,990 and is based in New South Wales.

You can check out the full listing here!

 

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