1972 Holden HQ Kingswood 308 V8 Sedan (Modified)
|Colour||Blackwatch Green (Originally Royal Purple)|
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 using 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-cid) and V8s (253/308/350-cid) 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.