Holden HQ Kingswood Sedan
|Also called||Chevrolet Kommando (ZA)
Chevrolet El Camino (ZA)
Chevrolet El Toro (ZA)
|Production||1971 to 1974|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door sedan
2-door coupé utility
2-door panel van
2-door cab chassis
|Engine||173 cu in (2.8 L) I6
202 cu in (3.3 L) I6
253 cu in (4.1 L) V8
308 cu in (5.0 L) V8
350 cu in (5.7 L) V8
114 inches (Wagons)
190 inches (Wagons)
73.9 inches (Wagons)
54.8 inches (Wagons)
53.1 inches (Monaros)
|Curb weight||2,950 lbs (Kingswood Sedan)|
The Holden HQ series is a range of automobiles that was produced by General Motors-Holden’s in Australia from 1971 to 1974. The HQ was released on 15 July 1971, replacing the Holden HG series. It was the first ground up redesign of the Holden line since its original release in 1948, and included an all new body, chassis, and suspension. The HQ was later developed into a series of successor models, finally ending production after the WB series was discontinued in 1984.
- Holden Belmont Sedan
- Holden Kingswood Sedan
- Holden Premier Sedan
- Holden Belmont Station Wagon
- Holden Kingswood Station Wagon
- Holden Premier Station Wagon
The long wheelbase luxury model, "Statesman by GMH" consisted of one body style (4-door sedan) and was available in two trim levels.
- Statesman Deville
- Holden Monaro
- Holden Monaro V8
- Holden Monaro GTS
- Holden Monaro GTS 350
- Holden Monaro LS
- Holden Monaro LS V8
Two four-door sedan variants of the Monaro GTS were released in March 1973 and similarly to the SS the new sports sedans were a special vehicle package optioned on a lesser model, in this case on a V8 Kingswood sedan. Option XV4 was the HQ GTS sedan. Option XW8 was the HQ GTS350 sedan.
- Holden Belmont Utility
- Holden Kingswood Utility
- Holden Belmont Panel Van
- Holden One Tonner
The One Tonner, which was new for the HQ series, was a cab chassis truck. A Sandman option, which was offered on Utility and Panel Van models from January 1974, included various "sports" items from the Monaro GTS.
The two inline six cylinder engines from the HG range were carried over to the HQ, but were enlarged to 173 cu in (2.8 L) and 202 cu in (3.3 L). The 253 cu in (4.1 L), 308 cu in (5.0 L) and 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8s were also carried over.
|2.84 L Red I6||173 cu in||Low||112||84||160||220|
|3.3 L Red I6||202 cu in||Low||129||96||190||260|
|4.2 L Holden V8||253 cu in||Low||174||130||247||335|
|5.0 L Holden V8||308 cu in||240||180||315||427|
|5.7 L Chevrolet V8||350 cu in||275||205||360||490|
Production of the HQ range totalled 485,650 vehicles prior to its replacement by the Holden HJ series in October 1974. Holden HQ series cars were produced at GMH plants in Adelaide South Australia (Elizabeth Plant), Melbourne Victoria (Dandenong Plant), Sydney New South Wales (Pagewood Plant) and in Brisbane Queensland (Acacia Ridge Plant).
Engines, transmissions, and final drive assemblies were produced at the engine casting plant at Fishermens Bend in Melbourne, although 350ci engines and its drivetrain components were fully imported from the United States.
Many local automotive component businesses in all these states across Australia supplied the main plants with many other parts, such as wiper arms, glass, carpets, electrical systems, fasteners, and the like.
From the late 1980s, the Holden HQ was used in Australia as the basis of a one-make motor racing category with an emphasis on cost. The category began in Tasmania but very quickly expanded to every state to become the entry-level motor racing category nation-wide. The cars are built to comply with CAMS Group 3H Technical Regulations.
The HQ motor racing category also had an effect on spare parts in wrecking yards around Australia, with parts and body panels becoming scarce as many of the teams would 'raid' the yards for cheap spares. This led to a shortage of spares for the HQ model for anyone who owned a road-going version.
The Statesman HQ range of long wheelbase luxury sedans, based on the Holden HQ series, was also released in July 1971. The Statesman models replaced the Holden Brougham from the HG range  however they were marketed as Statesmans rather than as Holdens. Available in two trim levels, the entry car was called the "Statesman" and the premium car was the "Statesman Deville".
- Darwin, Norm (2002), 100 Years of GM in Australia, Ballarat, Victoria: H@ND Publishing, p. 260, ISBN 9780646414768
- Davis, Tony (1987), Aussie Cars, p. 120
- Holden SS V8 sales brochure, July 1972
- Darwin, p. 260
- Darwin, p. 258
- Holden HQ Technical Specifications Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 24 February 2010
- Holden HQ sales brochure, January 1972
- Davis, p. 156
- Holden abroad, Restored Cars #220, Sep-Oct 2013, pp. 45-47
- "How to get involved in HQ Racing". HQ Racing Australia. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
- Davis, p. 121
- Darwin, p. 259
- Statesman HQ sales brochure, General Motors-Holden’s, 1971
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† HQ–WB Statesmans not marketed under the "Holden" brand, but rather the separate "Statesman" brand.