1969 Holden HT Ute – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Bit of a street machine: 400 Chev, Powerglide, GTS guards, bonnet and interior

The Holden HT arrived in May 1969, replacing the outgoing HK and remaining in production for a little over a year, before the HG landed in August of 1970.

As the brand’s mainstream range of the time, there was an expansive array of models and variants for virtually every conceivable buyer.

On the family and executive front, there was the Belmont, Kingswood, Premier and Brougham; all of which could be had in either sedan or wagon guise – except for the sedan-only Brougham.

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The Monaro acted as Holden’s racer-for-the-road, and could be had in standard, GTS and GTS 350 trim.

The commercial corner of the HT range offered the Belmont in utility and panel van bodies, and the Kingswood ute.

Engines for the HT series ranged between a 161ci (2.6lt) and 186ci (3.0lt) six-cylinder and the 253ci (4.1lt), 308ci (5.0lt) and 350ci (5.7lt) V8s; while gearboxes included a three and four-speed manual, and the two-speed Powerglide.

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This particular HT comes in a desirable utility body, although it’s not clear whether it started life out as a Belmont or Kingswood.

The HT ute is a bit of a street machine and currently presents with a number of deviations from factory.

Notably, under the bonnet sits a 400ci Chev, backed by a manual valve body Powerglide sending the power to the rear via a limited-slip differential 9-inch rear end.

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The body is adorned with GTS guards and bonnet and is described to be in excellent condition, while the GTS theme continues inside the cabin.

The HT ute is based in Western Australian and is listed for a negotiable $45,000.

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