1974 Holden HQ Belmont Ute – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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HQ Belmont front side HQ Belmont front side
HQ Belmont rear side HQ Belmont rear side
HQ Belmont interior HQ Belmont interior
HQ Belmont engine HQ Belmont engine

Absynth Yellow over black: 253 V8 + M21 four-speed, restored in 2016

While HQs were built in huge numbers (over 485,000), it’s increasingly difficult to find neat examples of utes; as many enjoyed a full life of work on the tools before they were left at the tip, or in a paddock simply to rust away.

As time goes on, the market seems to show a larger disparity between big-dollar restos, and more neglected decaying examples – so what’s left in–between for the enthusiast?


This 1974 HQ Belmont ute might fit the bill nicely.

It’s got the ever-popular swathe of GTS bits (grille, guards, dash and gauges), along with a 253 V8 and Aussie M21 four-speed, finished in Absynth yellow over black interior.

Other details include factory power steering, Jelly bean wheels, new tonneau cover and immobiliser fitted.


The car received a prior restoration back in 2016, and is described as a damage and rust free vehicle, and a great driver.

The car was formerly on full Western Australia ("as a V8", indicating that the car’s current specification may not be ‘original’ or as-delivered’), and is now in New South Wales on club registration.


It looks to be in great condition throughout, and – if not original – has all the right bits to make this one sweet weekend cruiser!

The Belmont ute is based in the Blue Mountains, NSW, and is listed for $32,500.

Check out the full listing here!


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