Holden HJ

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Holden HJ

1974 - 1976
6 cyl. & V8
173/202 6; 253/308 V8
101kW 202 and 179kW 308
3/4 spd man; 3 speed Trimatic & Turbohydramatic 400 (308 only)
Top Speed:
142 kmh (202 motor)
Number Built:
2 star
The facelifted HQ was released as the HJ model in 1974, and while many improvements were made to the vehicle the re-introduction of the "swipe" style speedo immediately dated the interior and was reminiscent of the HK.

Although the chassis dimensions remained unchanged, the revised front end styling gave the car a larger more dominant look.

Revisions to the bumpers saw them extended out from the body, and they afforded better protection and reduced repair costs in the event of minor collisions.

A new body-mounted tail-light assembly was incorporated into the rear quarter panels, replacing the HQ's bumper mounted version.

On the inside, new seats were introduced that were made from a full-foam construction (rather than the previous models Z-spring design).

Apart from being more comfortable, they were considered safer as the head restraints were now integrated into the seat design.

An even more upmarket luxury Holden was introduced with the Statesman "Caprice", the existing "DeVille" now a 2nd tier luxury car sitting above the sedan based Premier.

Mechanical improvements included cable-type throttle control on all engines, while the 308's were mated to the Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 transmission rather than the Tri-Matic.

The Kingswood now sported power front discs, and was fitted with the 3300 (202) engine as standard, but unfortunately the HJ saw the demise of the Chevy 350 engine and with it, the GTS350.

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