1968 Holden HK Kingswood Utility
|Engine||6 cylinder, 161ci|
|Gearbox||3 Speed Manual|
Launched in January 1968, the new generation HK heralded some major changes for Holden. The model was significantly larger than the previous HD/HR series, with a longer wheelbase, wider track and a lot more interior room. Another major step forward was the addition of V8 power to the range, with Chevrolet's small-block unit displacing 307-cid and developing 210 bhp. Holden also took the opportunity to rearrange the model line-up, with new names like Brougham, Kingswood and Belmont joining the Premier, along with a more extensive list of optional extras. The Holden buyer could choose from a wide range of engine and transmission combinations, add power steering, power brakes (including discs if desired), power windows, bucket seats and sundry other interior items. The Kingswood replaced the Special in the Holden line-up, going on to become an Aussie icon and the biggest selling car of the 1970s. Holden also broke new ground when they released a coupe version of the HK, called the Monaro, destined on the might of Ford to win Bathurst in 1968 - a victory due in no small part to the mighty 327-cid version of the Chevrolet's small-block V8. Although Holden enjoyed great success with the HK, selling just fewer than 200,000 units in 16 months of production, very few have survived the ravages of time and survivors are becoming more and more collectible with every year that passes.