2019 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction

1979 Holden HZ Statesman DeVille Sedan

$10,000 - $15,000

No Reserve


Engine 308ci V8
Gearbox Three-speed Automatic
Engine No. 11QT994967
Chassis No. BZH39230S
Body Work Sedan
Colour White
Interior Beige
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Chrome wires
Brakes Disc/disc

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Replacing the Brougham as GMH's full-size luxury offering, the Statesman was based on a stretched version of the HQ platform and two versions, the Custom and more upmarket De Ville, were unveiled on July 22, 1971. Rivalling Ford's Fairlane for supremacy in the domestic luxury car market, the new Statesman proved to be a great success for Holden, thanks to careful marketing of the model as a distinct brand. Having a Statesman parked in the driveway was a real status symbol back in the 1970s. The extended wheelbase afforded plenty of extra legroom for rear seat passengers while the Statesman's styling had an individual presence thanks to new front and rear sheetmetal. In October 1974 Holden replaced the HQ Statesman with the HJ, with new frontal treatment featuring a more formal grille, quad headlamps and unique rear styling and a vinyl roof. Available in two versions, the DeVille and upmarket Caprice, both came with the 308c-cid V8 and TH400 automatic transmission as standard. Mechanical changes were few but did include useful improvements like a cable-type throttle control for all engines. Two years later, in July 1976, Holden unveiled the improved HX series Statesmans, with a revised grille and the 5.0-litre V8s were re-tuned to meet tough new emissions laws. Inside, the prestige nature of the Statesman DeVille was accentuated through the use of better trim, teak woodgrain instrument fascia and full instrumentation, along with a remote-control exterior mirror. Both HX Statesman models benefited from better equipment levels, with power radio aerials standard, additional gauges on the Caprice and optional crushed velour trim and central locking. In 1977 the HZ-model was introduced with a minor cosmetic facelift but a significant engineering upgrade, along with the rest of the GMH range, involving the adoption of Radial Tuned Suspension, giving the Statesman better handling. Four-wheel disc brakes were now fitted to all Statesman models. Many Australians have fond memories of the HQ-HZ Statesmans and these classic 1970s luxury sedans have a strong following today.


  • 1979 HZ Holden Statesman DeVille
  • One family ownership for 40 years
  • Always garaged
  • Increasingly collectable
  • No Reserve
Here’s a classic Australian family car that we can all relate to. Bought new on 5th April 1979, this HZ-model Holden Statesman DeVille Changed hands to the current owner in April 1981 and has been with this family for almost 38 years. It’s been the family car and then the reliable run-around for its now elderly owners, and along the way thanks to its white paint it’s been pressed into service for family weddings. Much loved and always garaged, it’s been regularly serviced by the local garage. Recent work has included new brake cylinders and the radiator was replaced two years ago. Period features include the chrome wire wheels, rear window louvre, mud flaps and a tow bar. The white paint is showing the expected patina with a few small dents, while inside the beige vinyl interior is worn and tired, not unexpected given its long life with the family. Our Statesman comes with its original owner’s manual and service book and Holden vehicle warranty leaflet. Previously on full Victorian registration, The Statesman will be offered for sale unregistered and with No Reserve.
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.

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