1972 Holden HQ Statesman – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Single family-owned HQ Statesman in fantastic original condition, down to the rego

The HQ line of Holdens which arrived in 1971 is remembered as one of the more radical new models and as a high watermark for all that we love about classic chrome-bumper Holdens.

Beyond its perfectly-proportioned beauty, panoramic glasshouse and its famous thin A-pillars (the thinnest of any local car) – the HQ gained coil-sprung suspension at all four corners as well as a steel perimeter-frame chassis underpinning the body, which yielded significant torsional-rigidity improvements over the outgoing HG.


Engine options comprised of two six-cylinders (a 173ci and a 202ci), and two V8s (253ci and 308ci).

The luxurious Statesman found favour within the Australian executive sector, after years of dominance by Ford’s Fairlane. Expansive options and a strong upmarket distinction from the rest of the range aided its popularity.

This 1972 HQ Statesman DeVille for sale today is specified with the 308ci V8 and trimatic auto, like many of its kind. The seller states that the car was owned new by their father who purchased the Statesman brand new in 1972.


The seller’s father, Ray, reportedly cared for the car inside and out; it’s always been garaged, and always been registered – still wearing its original plates almost 50 years later.

The 308 and trimatic are numbers-correct and the car still wears its original colour, badges and period venetian blinds.

Ray unfortunately passed away four years ago, but the family have kept his Statesman well maintained with servicing and renewed registration.


The old Statesman looks very original and well-kept throughout. There is under-dash air-conditioning fitted, likely from the dealer; and the odometer reads just 59,804 miles.

With single-family ownership and seemingly in untouched and unrestored original condition – the Statesman has a lot going for it.

The family would love to see it go to a loving enthusiast/collector home.

The HQ Statesman is based in New South Wales, and is listed for $45,000.

Check out the full listing here!


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