2022 Shannons Summer Timed Online Auction

1973 Holden HQ Belmont 253 V8 Utility





Engine V8, 253-cid
Gearbox 3-speed automatic
Body Work Utility
Colour White
Interior Tan
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel Disc
Brakes Discs/Drums

Notice (Form 11)


This lot is no longer available

One of Australia’s best-loved cars is the HQ, without doubt amongst the most significant and successful models in the long and proud history of General Motors Holden.  The HQ was a landmark car for a number of reasons, being the first big Holden built with a full unitary chassis/body, it had 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.  This was the most Australian Holden yet, with individual styling and a wider range of models than ever.  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.  Launched in July 1971, three distinct models were offered, the Belmont, mid-range Kingswood and luxury Premier, along with panel vans and utilities.  The HQ commercial range (which included a one-tonner, Belmont panel van and ute and a Kingswood ute) was built around a full-perimeter chassis with stronger rear leaf springs and introduced Australians to the legendary Sandman option for the first time.  The 173-cid six was standard on all commercials but of course any of the larger engines, both sixes and V8s, could be ordered as an option.  An HQ is the classic tradies’ ute and have become treasured collector’s items over the years.