1978 Holden HZ Panel Van – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Factory auto V8. Solid and presentable: good starting point for a project

The HZ, produced from 1978-1980, represented the last of the full-sized series that kicked off with the much-loved HQ. They were assembled in all four Holden plants across Australia, as well as screwed together in New Zealand.

Buyers could choose between sedans, wagons, vans and utilities; with a choice of the 202 straight-six, 253 V8 and 308 V8 engines, coupled with a three or four-speed manual or a three-speed auto.

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The final HZ was arguably the dynamic highpoint for the series – transformed by ‘Radial Tuned Suspension’ (RTS) which tamed understeer and yielded a far more predictable and precise driving experience.

This HZ Panel Van for sale here is described as a factory V8 (253) auto, and is said to drive really well, with new front bushes, brakes, and door rubbers.

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It’s presentable, with good paint (but not perfect, says the seller) and a few aftermarket modifications spied throughout – the listing also indicates that the car runs on LPG.

Overall, it’s all intact and looks to be in solid condition – it could be the perfect starting point for someone looking to pick up a pano and make it their own!

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The car has no rego on it, and needs tires according to the seller.

It’s based in New South Wales and is listed for $27,000.

Check out the full listing here!

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