Holden HT Brougham

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HT Holden Brougham
Brougham

Holden HT Brougham

1969 - 1970
Country:
Australia
Engine:
V8
Capacity:
307 & 308ci
Power:
240bhp @ 4000rpm
Transmission:
2 spd. Powerglide
Top Speed:
103 mph (166 km/h)
Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
4 star
Holden HT Brougham
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 4

Introduction



To counter the growing popularity of the Ford Fairlane, the General introduced a lavish luxury "large car", the Brougham. The linage was evident to even the most casual observer, it appearing much like a Premier on steroids.

Sure, both the Fairlane and Brougham used their respective parts bins extensively, but few would argue that the Ford designers were able to create a far more distinctive look, seperating it from the lesser Falcon's.

The Brougham was conceived mid 1968, along with the Monaro, both models being created to cater for the growing demand for individuaistic styling. The Monaro catered for the young, while the Brougham had the luxury buyer in its sights. Both would make their introduction with the HK model.

No doubt the most alluring part of the Brougham was the price. Not withstanding its lack of ancestry, the Brougham had an extensive standard features list that shamed most of the competition, particularly in its price bracket. In fact, for a price tag under $4000, it was a bargain.

Apart from a radio, push-button windows and maybe air-conditioning, most of the things a buyer could want were included as standard equipment. Included in the basic price were Powerglide automatic transmission, power steering, power-assisted front disc brakes and a distinctive vinyl covered roof in black or light saddle shades.

Costly cut pile carpet ran from wall to wall, it extending to the lower door panels and including the boot. Each door had its own courtesy light, as did the glove box and boot. Interior fitments included woodgrain trim, an electric clock, padded horn bar and centre pillars, and an infinitely variable heater/ demister with two speed fan.

For the HT model upgrade, the "second generation" Brougham (introduced by GMH in June, 1969), enhanced still further the styling distinction which Brougham owners enjoyed. It featured flowing side contours, a long rear deck, a new front grille and rear-end styling to help make it more distinctive than the lesser Holden's.

The Brougham also featured an extensive safety list, which included an energy-absorbing steering column, dual-circuit brakes and a new "double-jointed" wiper blade that cleaned a bigger area of glass in front of the driver.

A Luxury Car With The Best Dealer Network In The Country



Given the alluring price and standard kit, there was little else required to convince the Australian buying public to go for the local luxury hero rather than an over-priced import. And to further the case, the Brougham was supported by the mpst extensive service and spare parts network in Australia at the time. In 1969 there were more than 600 Holden Dealers around Australia, and because it shared many of its parts with Holden, and had a similar service routine, buyers were literally able to get the best of both worlds -a luxury car with family car running costs.

Powering the Brougham was the all-Australian 308 cubic inch V8 engine, which develops 240 hp at 4800 rpm. This was 30 more hp than the first HK Brougham model, itself no mean performer. Best of all, the changes made to the 308 not only increased the power, but also helped make it more fuel efficient. The 308 was light in weight, due to extensive use of aluminium, and its smoothness and silence set the pattern for the rest of the car.

Sound-deadening compounds were lavishly applied wherever they could be effective. Chunky rubber mountings separatd the passenger compartment from the drive train. The carpet underfelt was one inch thick to further dampen noise and vibration. Inside the Brougham's seats were deeply padded and featured high backs for neck and shoulder support.

There were centre armrests, front and rear, which swung down to turn the wide bench seats into personal club chairs. The backs of the front seats were fitted with twin map pockets. But arguably the best part of the Brougham's interior was the upholstery, the nylon-blend brocade in delicate tone-on-tone shadings making the cabin a distinctive and luxurious place to be. The brocade was soft to the touch, but long-wearing and easy to care for.

The Brougham is today (and has been for many years) a highly prized collectable. Much like Ford's Landau, too few were made, making those that survive today an astute investment for the classic car collector.
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Karl
Posted Recently
I can't afford a holden brougham, even the rollers are expensive and I don't know why because even if you wanted to restore one parts are impossible to find. So I did some research, the holden brougham s are end is really what people buy them for because they're unusual. Well the next best thing that has no resemblance is the vs statesman v8 its actually an unusual holden with an unusual and attractive arse end. Iv bought three and in low ks. These cars prices will go up.no doubt about it. I said this when I was fifteen about the holden brougham back in 1979. And I was right. I'm right about the vs statesman. But it has to be a virgin vs v8. Nothing modified. C ya.
Trev
Posted Recently
I like broughams but people have got greedy on what really is a 1500 dollar car, people are now asking unrealistic sums. Sorry brougham owners your cars aren't worth 10, 20, 30, 70 thousand bucks. Only the stupid would pay that much. Its a kingswood with a slightly longer boot that's all.
Mathew
Posted Recently
Ross is right, the Hg brougham was going to be scrapped altogether. G.m.h. was only interested in the next new phase of designs coming to the market. By the time the Hg series came into production, the car was already old in design. The high seats were available as were anything else that the previous ht model had. The 350 v8 engine was also available as well including the hq statesman. Ross was also right about cheaper material in the Hg. I was in the designing building. Im in my 80's now and have been retired since the vs statesmans were built so I cam say whatever I like. The hk Holden was actually designed back in 1960 with a slightly different front, it wasn't actually piloted until 68 because the design back in 60 was deemed to way out there for its time. So it was shelved until 1968. The hk holden was a beautiful car the problem with that model it was the first with discs to suit a v8. The pistons would wear and smoke up. Not all would do that other than that, the k and t were very good units. But the g model was a bitser. Just cheaply put together and hurryling sold. Lots of g brougham shells were crushed as the q series was about to start. The hq Holden although a smart looking design car of its time was one of the biggest pieces of rubbish ever built by holdens. I never had the urge to be given a hq company car I kept the ht v8 premier that I was given. If anyone ever saw how the hq series were put together... Any owner wouldve sent them back and got their money back. The Hz Holden was the best of all of those models. But going back to the Hg brougham. Just a rubbish vehicle. O certainly wouldn't pay the money people are asking for. If anyone is silly enough to pay more than 10 thousand for one.. the hk or the ht but definitely not the Hg series and the Hg brougham specially. The privilege of working at gmh back then is in the designing rooms I got to see lot of mistakes made lots of ideas were from the American cars but down graded or what we use to say was Dumb graded. After I handed in my black v8 premier I asked for a 1972 chevrolet caprice coupe. It was much better equipped with better safety features and better handling and much better power for the day. There's not many of us still breathing gods air these days but I knew what to drive from gmh and the g and q series were rubbish. Thankyou and goodbye.
ross
Posted Recently
I'm an original Elizabeth gmh worker from the late 60-70s.the Hg. Brougham was just a left over from the ht series. There wasn't even going to be a Hg brougham model. In regarding the high back seats, you could order them. But gmh was cutting back what ever they could with that model. It was not the best of the three that were made. Gmh were getting ready for the hq series and for the first six months the hq statesmans didn't come with head rests. Going back to Hg broughams. The tri trans was crap, it had fake chrome on the door trims and the vynal seats were cheap material. The ht brougham could've been ordered with a 350 v8. The rarest brougham was the first four months of the ht brougham which had the 307 hk left overs.the Hg brougham was just a cheaply made left over getting ready for the hq.I was in charge of the interior orders. I've still got my ht brougham and its very rare as I have a special ordered hand winder moon roof.
Rod Millar
Posted Recently
George in response to Shanes query .The HT brougham was the only model to have a high back seat and this was replaced in the HG model with the original HK seat the reason why this was done was owners complained of poor vis while looking in the rear view mirror of the HT model because of their height that is why engineers at GMH decided to use the original seat height of the HK model instead of totaly redesighning the seat . If you hunt for a pair of reclining HT front seats you will imediatley notice the difference I personally own a HT Brougham with a matching numbers 350 in it idon't know if this was a special or or how many were made and i don't really care for that matter it is a magnificent car and i am just starting to have fun in it again with 4 young Grandsons
Adrian
Posted Recently
Was there a Brougham painted in Cambridge Blue, most likely it would have been a Hk,
dave
Posted Recently
hi everybody i thought id put my view on the holden brougham. i love em. owned two myself. but that was in the days when they were only fetching 1200 bucks max. i remember a mate bought a white hk series with a black top. its was immaculate condition for 2200 bucks. we told him you were ripped off. thirty odd years down the track, i see wrecks going for 5 to 10 grand. are you fricking kidding me?????. theyre only worth the removal of scrap metal. nothing more.i see these hopefuls trying to get tens of thousands for them now. give me a break. theyre all hoping to add to their superannuation. even the idiots that bought gt ho shakers for 3 hundred thousand up to 5 hundred thousand were ripped off. now those clowns have lost a substantial amount of doe. a car is only worth what the next person is going to pay. that goes for any car. so when a owner selling a car says its worth that much. who said its worth that much. an editor for car valuations in a leading car mag, a car yard dealer. a holden brougham as much as i love them are only a kingswood with a slightly bigger boot and different tail light and a v8. and some slighlty different styling to the interior. when i see 10 thousand 15 thousand 20 thousand right up to 50 thousand dollars in the gum tree ads and ebay, id rather buy a 1967 two door buick and a 1967 convertable buick with 430 v8 engines and turbo 400 trannys in immaculate condition for that price. or a thunder bird and a chevy nova.. so what is a holden brougham worth in my eyes? two grand is all id pay for one. and anyone that owns a *** ty rust bucket brougham with no engine and trans and is asking anymore than 500 dollars is asking way too much.thats my opinion like it or lump it
shane
Posted Recently
john gibson no manuals for the brougham. the ht and hg had the optional t bar or column 350 but were very rare. i own one. no 327 v8s came with the brougham. brougham is actually pronounced BRO-UM. AND WHY A PREMIER???????? THE SHORT BACK ENDS LOOK SHIT. BETTER TO HAVE THE LONGER ARSE END. THE TAIL LIGHTS ARE BETTER LOOKING. SPECIALLY IF YOU WANT TO STUPIDILY WANT TO LOWER THE CAR AND PUT CRAPPY MAGS ON THEM AND TOTALLY RUIN THE ORIGONALLITY ABOUT THEM. THAT WHY ALOT ENDED UP IN THE WRECKERS IN THE EIGHTIES. PEOPLE F..KED AROUND WITH THEM. NEVER CHANGE THE LOOK OF A CLASSIC CAR. THATS MY VIEW LIKE IT OR NOT.
Kiwi Brougham
Posted Recently
How many broughams were made?
I know a few came to NZ built up.
shane
Posted Recently
no worries george, glad to help. im very knowledgable when it comes to the brougham but thats all. im a fanatical american classic car freak most of all but love the brougham. alot of their idea came from the 67 and 68 oldmobile, and buick. the L H torana, have a look at the 70s chevy fronts and they have simularities
George
Posted Recently
Thanks Shane.Like you ,I love old lions.I've owned two HG's,an LH Torana 202 and a VK Comm wagon 308. When I recieve my inheritance,I've got my eye on an HT Monaro the neighbor is putting on the market. Keep living the dream bro.
shane
Posted Recently
to your message george, i spoke to my fathers mate who use to work at g.m.h. at the time all three model broughams were assembled. i said in the last letter that i had only ever seen one hg model with the head rest. the reason that my fathers mate told me were that there were a small number of hg broughams with the head rests. they were either a special order but mostly they were a run out design left over from the ht series. a bit simular like the hk's 307 engine, they put it in the ht model until the 307 blocks ran out. even though the 308 engines were planned to go into the ht. the head rests apparantly i was told wasnt very popular with the purchasers of these vehicles, which i find strange, i think they looked great. hope that answered your question. ........shane
George
Posted Recently
Does anyone know why the HT Bro had frontseat head restraints,but the HG didn't? I find this rather curious. I don't believe they returned until mid-HQ. The HT is the pick of this shape and my fav Holden model of all. LH Torana V8 isn't far behind.
shane
Posted Recently
shane here again the question was also asked what is a brougham worth? well you can go and get a magazine and it will give you a guide. but first of all theres only a particular group of people that like and would want to own a brougham. secondly right now theres a couple of broughams on the market right now for a little bit over the 50,000 dollar mark. good luck if someone is silly enough to pay that price ive never payed more than 1200 back in the old days. the last two i just bought are in exceptional order and payed 7 and 9 grand for them which i was not happy, but inflation accures. even the monaro like the hk series the prices are way too high. its up to the buyer and how desperate you are to say i own this or i own that. back to the brougham. at the moment there are some rollers out there that need complete restorations, and theyre asking 2,3,4,5, grand for them. for christ sake you would have to spend 50 to 70 grand to get them in a pristine condition. theses rollers i personally wouldnt pay more than 300 to 600 dollars for. but like i said its up to the buyer again. i personally wouldnt pay anymore than 10 grand for a mickey mouse one. and for those people out there who think im dreaming thats fine, but i wouldnt sell any of my collection of broughams over that price. first of all because theyre not worth anymore than that and secondly i would price them on the condition theyre in. so what if theyre rare!! yes theyre a beautiful car but so are valiants ,fords, and other vehicles. if you have taken any notice remember when the xy gtho shaker at one stage they were fetching up to 500,ooo dollars? not anymore, so those people who payed that much for them have already lost 150,000 already. so the people who ask rediculous prices over 10 grand. i say be patience, a good one always pops up under 10k. if you see one in the car yard for a rediculous sum. thats because theyve bought it dirt cheap and want to make a huge profit on it. remember theres a *** er born everyday.so anymore than 10 grand for a mint brougham youre paying toooooo much.
shane
Posted Recently
sorry its been a while im the owner of the 16 broughams, well have an additional two more a ht and a hg. i live in s.a. but sorry to the girl who asked to see them. the answer is no as unfortunely people cant be trusted. not saying your not trust worthy, but please understand there are arseholes out there that rather steal than work hard to get something like ive got. ok to ask other questions. no brougham was a manual. no brougham had a 253, and 327. the ht brougham was the only model that had the front and rear head rests except some hg broughams did have the option. but ive only ever seen one. there were varies options of colours only black or bone vynal roofs.the ht brougham hub caps had the option of colour code and if you notice the centre like the hk,t,g kingswood the hk had the black centre, the ht had the white centre and the hg had the red centre. well the hk and ht brougham both had the black centre but the hg had an a dark olive colour centre. the brocade fabric is piss easy to get, dont even bother getting it in australia they ask for an arm and a leg. they have every colour you could imagine in the u.s. in origon called s.m.s. fabrics look it up. people who change the interior of the brougham destroy the look. quite frankly it always looks bloody terrible. never ever change the look of a brougham. even mags look *** on them. hub caps and white wall. you can get away with dual exhaust. but nothing more. customising a brougham you people need your heads read. c ya.
sylvia
Posted Recently
hey shane I truely envy u, my boyfriend before I met him had a ht brougham locked up in his alarmed garage which got stolen, and never found since, it was in mint condition, probably worth more than 40,000-$50,000 grand today, he still cries about it....anyhow we live in SA, where u from Shane?? be nice to see what u got for show lol ok cheers c u
steff
Posted Recently
steff here,can anyone tell me where i get the 2speed powerglide linkages to fit my column in my hg 308,stroked to a 355, ?.
neville
Posted Recently
hi i have the oppertunity to swap a unfinished project for a brougham just wondering how sort after they are this one needs a little tidying up but wondering how much a ht brougham would be worth in average condtion
Erik
Posted Recently
I own a 1969 HT Premier station wagon. I bought it for $600 25 years ago. It has the 308 w/4spd manual and salisbury eaton clutch ten bolt. Does anyone else out there own a similar car? I am only the second owner. I have an editorial from modern motor road testing a HK 307 4spd wagon does anyone know what happened to this car? rego was SA. RWV 555. regards, Erik..
shane
Posted Recently
im an owner of 16 broughams i own all 3 series. all options,colours, the ht model had the 307 v8 for the first 4 months as they had to get rid of the chevvy motor as holdens had a stock pile of the 307 blocks, later the 308 was introduced but you could have the optional 350 v8 which the monaro had as well. i have one of those broughams its got a white vinal roof on white paint with white interior. its got only 16,000 origonal miles on the clock. im 42 years old but loved the brougham since i was knee high. i like the the extended boot, love the shape of the back lights. i bought my first brougham at the tender age of 15 y.o. and had 3 before i was 16 y.o. my parents were furious and thought i wasnt all there. i bought each car which all are from very very good condition to show room condition.from 900 dollars to 18oo dollars for the 350 ht. am i crazy now and who's laughing now,my father is now saying it was a great investment, der, i new they were collectors items back in the late 70's as i new holden only made a little over 4,000 of them.. will i sell them, no bloody way. the ht is my favourite, then the hk, followed by the hg. i didnt warm to much to the fake chrome . the ht never had a trimatic, only the hg.there were come left hand drive broughams sent off shore as well not many though.the hk callipers were crap and ironed out in the ht.the 308 motors were not as good as the 307s and the clocks in the ht and hg broke down. y frames are a problem for rust, but overall it was \is a very sturdy car. if you look closely the 1967 ,1968, and 1969 buick electra 225 is the larger version of the brougham. anyway brougham fans see ya around shane
ROB C
Posted Recently
THIS IS A QUESTION 4 GLEN MASON OR ANYONE THAT CAN HELP ME OUT...I CURRENTLY HAVE A BET GOIN WITH A FRIEND AND THE STAKES ARE IN THE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS...WE BOTH OWN HT BROUGHAMS (MINE BEIN A 179 WITH A TRIMATIC. OBVIOUSLY NOT THE ORIGINAL MOTOR) (AND MY FRIENDS GOT A ORIGINAL 308 WITH POWERGLIDE) NOW THE ARGUMENT IS THAT MINE DOES NOT HAVE THE ORIGINAL MOTOR WHICH IM AWARE OF BUT CAUSE OF THAT FACT HE SEEMS TO THINK THAT HT BROUGHAMS NEVER CAME OUT WITH A TRIMATIC...WHERE IM SURE THEY DID IN LATE PRODUCTION...ANY INFO ON THIS QUERY WOULD BE APPRECIATED CAUSE IM HELL KEEN TO SORT THE MATTER OUT AND REAP THE REWARDS!
John Gibson
Posted Recently
Hi Glen. Thanks for your response. Sounds like a great machine you have there. Is it a Trimatic? Are you happy with the Trimatics performance? I love this shape Holden and feel it was replaced 2 years too soon. I love all Kingswoods,Toranas and early Commodores and the V8 models will always be something special. I currently have a VB Cdore 3.3, a VK 3.3 wagon-both auto's- and an HG Kingy 3 on tree. The trimatics in the Commies are *** rotten and the 3 on tree in the HG is-well- i'd rather a 4 on the floor! I recently took the HG on a country weekend away to visit family and she purred like a kitten all the way. All 3 cars will remain with me until I go 6 ft under. Holden forever!!
glen mason
Posted Recently
HI, IN REGARDS TO JOHN GIBSON, THEY WERE ALL AUTOS, POWERGLIDE , LATER TRIMATIC, 307 CHEVS IN HK HTS, 308 IN HG MAYBE SOME LATE HTS. NO MANUAL TRANNYS NO 350 OR 327, THEY WERE ONLY IN THE MONAROS, GTS DASHES AND SUCH WERE OPTIONAL EXTRAS FOR PREMS OR BROUGHAMS, I HAVE A HG BROUGHAM AND PREFER THEM OVER THE PREMS( PREMS ARE STILL NICE THOUGH, THANKS GLEN.
John Gibson
Posted Recently
I've always been a Holden fan,but the Brougham has always been a bit of a mystery to me. Does anyone know if they were ever available with manual transmission,T-bar auto,350 V8 motor or 327 V8? How is 'Brougham' actually pronounced? Personally,i'd never own a Brougham-i'd rather a fully optioned up Premier.
 
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