1968 Holden HK Premier: Reader ride
Mark Jordan's 1968 Holden HK Premier...
1968 Holden HK Premier
I’ve always had a soft spot for Holden HK, HT and HG models and have owned a collection since the early 1980s. Every man has to have a hobby and a toy. I bought my HK in Adelaide in 2007 when it had 92,000 miles on the clock. It now has 98,000 miles.
It’s what I call a ‘numbers aligning’ car. Pretty much everything is as the car came out of the factory in Adelaide in May 1968. It is the 1205th Premier sedan built and came off the line with the 307cubic inch Chev V8 and two-speed Powerglide automatic and a 2.78 LSD.
Nothing has been done to this car and, in the seven years I’ve owned it, I virtually haven’t touched a thing. There are small items that may not be precisely as when built in 1968 but it’s 47 years old.
The good thing about the HK, HT and HG is that there are a lot of spares available for these models.
I think it has had three owners but I have a feeling that they have been from the same family and, from the care and attention to the car, maybe elderly.
The interior is way too clean and free from damage to be in a car that’s been around the clock, so I’m sure the mileage is correct. Even the paint is near perfect. The colour is Paragon Blue metallic with a Grecian White roof and the factory bucket seats are a Light Teal Blue with Pheasant Blue inserts. The radio is also as supplied to the first owner and so there have been no upgrades to a different system and no damage to the dash plate.
I’ve added a few carefully selected extras over the years like a stereo in the glovebox, twin exhausts and lowered suspension. It also has a reproduction mesh sun visor that’s handmade in Adelaide. I can quickly change it back to stock if necessary. It’s been kept to factory specifications wherever possible but it’s no garage queen. I love driving it too much for that.
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