2018 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction
Lot
34

1973 Holden HQ Premier 4.2 V8 Station Wagon

$15,000

Sold

Specifications

Engine 253ci V8
Gearbox Three-speed Automatic
Body Work Wagon
Colour Gunmetal Metallic
Interior Grey
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel wheels with hubcaps
Brakes Disc/drum

Description

This lot is no longer available

Announced in July 1971, Holden's HQ represented a radical departure from the outgoing model range and was entirely new in almost every way. Built around a perimeter chassis - the first seen on a big Australian car - the HQ featured modern styling, new suspension with coil springs all round to improve the ride and handling, better passive safety through the use of padding inside and stronger panels outside. The engines, transmissions and steering were also new and buyers could specify ventilated front disc brakes. Both sixes (173/202-ci) and V8s (253/308/350-ci) were available, with a choice of transmissions ranging from a 3-speed column shift manual, 4-speed console-mounted manual, 3-speed Trimatic or Turbo Hydramatic 400 automatic. Three basic models were offered, the Belmont, Kingswood and luxury Premier - the latter being described by Holden's PR as offering "compact luxury" with the emphasis on interior appointments. The Premier was distinguished by the quad round headlamps and boasted chrome sill plates, leather-grain vinyl trim (bucket seats were optional), pull-down armrests, walnut dash facia, high-loop pile carpets and flow-thru ventilation system. Options included power steering, power windows, rear stereo speakers and Raydo cloth trim. The Premier was certainly a popular choice for those seeking a little luxury and Holden's advertising proudly proclaimed "Drive it once and you won't accept anything else."