At a time when flared trousers and platform shoes were Seventies hallmarks, the HQ Holden Kingswood hit the streets of Australia and quickly became an automotive icon. It was promoted as a luxury version of the full size family car and boasted a ‘jet-smooth ride’ over rough roads. Modern Motor magazine editors said that an 8800 kilometre test of the HQ Kingswood had shown that the new model ‘raised the average family man’s car to above average status’.
ENGINES: 2.84 litre six-cylinder ‘173’, 3.3 litre six-cylinder ‘202’, 4.2 litre V8 ‘253’ and 5 litre V8 ‘308’
TRANSMISSIONS: ?Three-speed and four-speed manual gearbox and?three-speed Trimatic automatic transmission
MODELS: Kingswood Sedan, Station Wagon and Utility
PRICE WHEN NEW: $3,255 (Kingswood Vacationer six-cylinder sedan)
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (SEDAN): Length: 4,762mm; Wheelbase: 2,819mm; Width: 1,880mm
IDENTIFICATION: All-new body with ‘creased’ side panels; recessed grille featuring a horizontal bar with central Holden badge, separated from headlights; front turn and rear turn indicators, stop lights are incorporated into bumpers.