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HK Holden Specifications

Holden HK Premier Sedan
HK Holden Monaro GTS
Holden Colour Codes A - L
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Holden Colour Codes M -Z
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  • Years of Manufacture: 1968 - 1969
  • Number Built: 199,039
  • Price at Introduction:
    • Belmont 6 cylinder: $2215
    • Premier 6 cylinder wagon: $3021
    • Base Monaro Six: $2575
    • Monaro V8 GTS: $3790
  • Models and Pricing:
    • Belmont Sedan
    • Belmont Station Wagon
    • Belmont Panel Van
    • Belmont Utility
    • Kingswood Sedan
    • Kingswood Station Wagon
    • Kingswood Utility
    • Premier Sedan
    • Premier Station Wagon
    • Brougham Sedan
    • Monaro Coupe
    • Monaro GTS Coupe
    • Monaro GTS 327 Coupe
  • Date(s) of Introduction:
    • Belmont, Kingswood and Premier Sedans and Station Wagons: January, 1968
    • Belmont Panel Van and Utility: March, 1968
    • Monaro's and Brougham: July, 1968
  • To Identify:
    • All new body with pronounced flaring above wheel arches
    • HR style grille without inset turn signal indicators
    • "HOLDEN" emblem located at lower right of front grille
    • Wrap-around front indicators mounted under the front bumper
    • Slim-line rear wrap-around tail lights
  • Body:
    • Unitary construction (Monocoque)
  • Exterior Dimensions:
    • Total Length:
      • Sedans: 184.8 inches (4694mm)
    • Total Width:
      • 71.4 inches (1814mm)
    • Total Height at kerb weight:
      • Sedans: 55.6 inches (1412mm)
      • Station Wagons: 56.5 inches (1435mm)
    • Wheelbase: 111.0 inches (2819mm)
    • Front Track: 57.12 inches (1451mm)
    • Rear Track: 57.12 inches (1451mm)
  • Kerb Weight:
    • Brougham '307' Powerglide: 3285lb (1490kg)
    • Monaro GTS '327': 3280lb (1488kg)
    • Monaro GTS '307' 4 speed: 3142lb (1425kg)
    • Monaro GTS '307' Powerglide: 3206lb (1454kg)
    • Monaro GTS '186S' 4 speed: 2946lb (1336kg)
  • Turning Circle:
    • 36.5ft (11.1 metres)
  • Fuel Tank Capacity:
    • 16.5 gallons (75.1 litres)
  • Instruments:
    • Speedometer
    • Petrol gauge
    • Water Temperature warning lamp
    • Oil pressure warning lamp
    • Generator charge warning lamp
    • Turn Signal lamps
    • High Beam warning lamp
    • All models available with optional instrument cluster incorporating oil pressure, ammeter and water temperature gauge
  • 2.65 161 "Low Compression" Engine:
    • Capacity: 2638cc 161 cubic inches (2.640 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, inline
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Bendix-Stromberg single barrel downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.375 x 3.00 inches (85.7 x 76.2mm)
    • Power: 108bhp (81kw) at 4400rpm
    • Torque: 146lb-ft (198Nm) at 2000rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 8.2:1
  • 2.65 161 "High Compression" Engine:
    • Capacity: 2638cc 161 cubic inches (2.640 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, inline
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Bendix-Stromberg single barrel downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.375 x 3.00 inches (85.7 x 76.2mm)
    • Power: 114bhp (85kw) at 4400rpm
    • Torque: 157lb-ft (213Nm) at 2000rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
  • 3.05 "186" Engine:
    • Capacity: 3048cc 186 cubic inches (3.048 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, inline
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Bendix-Stromberg single barrel downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.625 x 3.00 inches (92.1 x 76.2mm)
    • Power: 126bhp (94kw) at 4200rpm
    • Torque: 181lb-ft (245Nm) at 1600rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
  • 3.05 "186S" Engine:
    • Capacity: 3048cc 186 cubic inches (3.048 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, inline
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Bendix-Stromberg twin barrel single downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.625 x 3.00 inches (92.1 x 76.2mm)
    • Power: 145bhp (108kw) at 4600rpm
    • Torque: 184lb-ft (249Nm) at 2200rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
  • 307 V8 Engine:
    • Capacity: 307 cubic inches (5.035 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 8 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, Vee configuration
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Two barrel Rochester downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 3.875 x 3.25 inches (98.4 x 82.6mm)
    • Power: 210bhp (157kw) at 4600rpm
    • Torque: 300lb-ft (407Nm) at 2400rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 8.75:1
  • 327 V8 Engine:
    • Capacity: 327 cubic inches (5.363 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 8 cylinders
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, Vee configuration
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Four barrel Rochester downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 4.00 x 3.25 inches (101.6 x 82.6mm)
    • Power: 250bhp (186kw) at 4800rpm
    • Torque: 325lb-ft (441Nm) at 3200rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 8.75:1
  • Ignition and Electrical:
    • 12 volt
    • Coil and distributor with integral centrifrugal and vacuum type advance control
  • Exhaust:
    • Front and Rear tail pipe
    • Single combined muffler and resonator assembly
    • Heat shield fitted between muffler and floor on 186S and V8 engines
    • 307 V8 fitted with reverse flow type using a double skin shell aluminised muffler with a resonant chamber and incorporating an asbestos insulator
    • 327 V8 fitted with low restriction dual exhaust using dual reverse flow resonators, a single muffler assembly with dual inlets and outlets, twin tail pipes with dual branch chrome plated tail pipe outlets
  • Manual Transmission (3 speed Holden standard):
    • 1st: 2.99:1
    • 2nd: 1.59:1
    • 3rd: 1.00:1
    • Reverse: 2.99:1
  • Manual Transmission (3 speed M15 L-6):
    • 1st: 3.07:1
    • 2nd: 1.68:1
    • 3rd: 1.00:1
    • Reverse: 3.59:1
  • Manual Transmission (3 speed M15 V8):
    • 1st: 2.48:1
    • 2nd: 1.36:1
    • 3rd: 1.00:1
    • Reverse: 2.90:1
  • Manual Transmission (4 speed Opel):
    • 1st: 3.43:1
    • 2nd: 2.16:1
    • 3rd: 1.37:1
    • 4th: 1.000:1
    • Reverse: 3.32:1
  • Manual Transmission (4 speed Chev M21):
    • 1st: 2.54:1
    • 2nd: 1.80:1
    • 3rd: 1.44:1
    • 4th: 1.00:1
    • Reverse: 2.54:1
  • Manual Transmission (4 speed Chev M22):
    • 1st: 2.85:1
    • 2nd: 2.02:1
    • 3rd: 1.35:1
    • 4th: 1.000:1
    • Reverse: 2.85:1
  • Powerglide Automatic Transmission (2 speed):
    • 1st: 1.82:1
    • 2nd: 1.0:1
    • Reverse: 1.82:1
  • Clutch:
    • GMH diaphragm single dry plate
    • Belleville diaphragm
  • Rear Axle Ratio:
    • Manual transmission: 3.55:1
    • Six cylinder automatic: 3.36:1
    • V8 automatic: 2.78:1
    • Monaro GTS 327 4 spd manual: 3.36:1
    • Monaro GTS 186S 4 spd manual: 3.36:1
    • Monaro GTS 186S 4 spd manual high performance: 3.55:1
    • Monaro GTS 186S 2 spd Powerglide automatic: 3.36:1
    • Monaro GTS 5 Litre 4 spd manual high performance: 3.36:1
    • Monaro GTS 5 Litre 2 spd Powerglide automatic: 3.36:1
    • Monaro 161 Standard 3 spd manual: 3.55:1
    • Monaro 161 4 spd manual: 3.36:1
    • Monaro 186 Standard 3 spd manual: 3.55:1
    • Monaro 186 4 spd manual: 3.36:1
    • Monaro 186 2 spd Powerglide automatic: 3.36:1
    • Monaro 186S Standard 3 spd manual: 3.55:1
    • Monaro 186S 4 spd manual: 3.36:1
    • Monaro 186S 2 spd Powerglide automatic: 3.36:1
    • Monaro 5.0 Litre V8 4 spd high performance manual: 3.36:1
    • Monaro 5.0 Litre V8 2 spd Powerglide automatic: 2.78:1
  • Engine Combinations:
    • 161 Belmont, Kingswood
    • 186 Premier, optional on Belmont and Kingswood
    • 186S optional on Belmont, Kingswood and Premier
    • LSD Mandatory on V8, optional on Belmont, Kingswood and Premier
  • Transmission Combinations:
    • Manual:
      • 3 speed column change standard
      • Three speed synchromesh optional on Belmont, Kingswood and Premier
      • Four speed all-syncromesh floor mounted optional on Belmont, Kingswood and Premier
    • Automatic:
      • 2 speed Powerglide optional on Belmont, Kingswood and Premier, but mandatory on V8
      • Four speed high-performance all-syncromesh floor mounted gearbox standard on Monaro GTS '327'
      • Four speed all-syncromesh floor mounted gearbox standard on Monaro GTS 186S, LSD and "high performance" 4 speed manual optional
  • Top Speed in Gears:
    • 307 HK Monaro GTS V8 Powerglide automatic:
      • 1st: 75 mph (121 km/h)
      • 2nd: 108 mph (174 km/h)
      • 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 9.5 seconds
      • Standing Quarter Mile (400 metres): 18.3 seconds
    • 186 HK Premier Sedan Powerglide Automatic:
      • 1st: 55 mph (89 km/h)
      • 2nd: 86 mph (138 km/h)
      • 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 15.9 seconds
      • Standing Quarter Mile (400 metres): 20.3 seconds
    • 307 HK Brougham V8 Powerglide automatic:
      • 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 9.8 seconds
      • Standing Quarter Mile (400 metres): 18.5 seconds
    • 327 HK Monaro GTS V8 4 speed manual:
      • 1st: 45 mph (72 km/h)
      • 2nd: 68 mph (109 km/h)
      • 3rd: 83 mph (134 km/h)
      • 4th: 115 mph (185 km/h)
      • 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 7.6 seconds
      • Standing Quarter Mile (400 metres): 16.4 seconds
    • 186S HK Monaro GTS V8 4 speed manual:
      • 1st: 40 mph (64 km/h)
      • 2nd: 55 mph (89 km/h)
      • 3rd: 78 mph (126 km/h)
      • 4th: 99 mph (159 km/h)
      • 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 8.2 seconds
      • Standing Quarter Mile (400 metres): 19.1 seconds
  • Suspension:
    • Front: Short and long arm independent type with coil springs. Stabiliser bar. Direct acting tubular telescopic shocks
    • Rear: Semi-elliptic springs, five leaves on Sedan, six leaves on Station Wagons. Direct acting tubular telescopic shocks.
    • Optional heavy duty front and rear springs
    • Optional "Superlift" rear shocks available that allow adjustment of vehicle when under load
  • Steering:
    • Energy absorbing steering column and shaft
    • Recirculating ball type, ratio 20:1
    • Optional fast ratio gearing 16.7:1 available to all models, however power assistance mandatory if fitted to V8
    • Optional Power Assisted steering available for fast ratio
    • Steering "Life Lubricated"
  • Brakes:
    • Front: Hydraulic 10.0 inch (254mm) drums, 10.7 inch (271.78mm) power assisted Disc brakes optional
    • Rear: Hydraulic 10.0 inch (254mm) drums
  • Wheels:
    • Short spoke disc type, size 14 x 5.00J
  • Tyres:
    • Tubeless 6.95x14 four-ply low profile tyres
    • Optional tyres include whitewalls and redwalls, radial and nylon cord type six-ply
    • Double sided safety rims
  • Monaro Colour Codes:
    • 1175-02033 / Cambridge Blue
    • 1172-10845 / Ermine White
    • 1159-03912 / Kingston Cream
    • 356-09713 / Marlin Turquoise
    • 1152-01285 / Picardy Red
    • 1174-10958 / Pinaroo Beige
  • Monaro GTS Colour Codes:
    • 1153-01764 / Bright Blue Metallic
    • 1172-10845 / Ermine White
    • 1163-10064 / Inca Gold Metallic
    • 1152-01285 / Picardy Red
    • 1150-01704 / Silver Mink Metallic
    • 1173-10846 / Warwick Yellow
  • Identification:
    • All HK Holdens are fitted with two identification plates, and have a chassis number stamped onto the firewall centre above the transmission hump. All HK series Monaros have the thin VIN plate fitted on the under bonnet cowl section in front of the passenger. Early HK Monaros had the larger Body plate fitted to the firewall, directly above the chassis number. The remainder had the body plate located on the under bonnet cowl in front of the driver.
  • Holden Identification
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  • Holden HK
    Annoncing the New Generation Holdens:

    (circa 1968)

    Announcing - The new generation Holden’s. For 1968 an exciting new generation of Holden’s - watch! The Holden Kingswood sedan. Holden, breathtakingly longer, wider, lower - breathtakingly more handsome. Holden Kingswood Station Sedan. New fresh flowing lines - the young exciting shape for '68. The Holden Premier sedan - Australia's own car, born again with youthful lines that match its pulsating new power.

    Holden, totally new from its "W" shaped front end, its gleaming grille and, on Premier, four headlights and its own distinctive roofline. On all models, bigger wheels, a new standard of road holding, four transmissions, four engines right up to the new five litre V8 - 210 horse power under your toes.

    Light steering entirely re-designed, big new dual circuit safety brakes. And inside, all luxury - a choice of bench or bucket seats on all models, more style, more safety, more room. Deep pile carpet, air-conditioning and power operated windows if you wish. Yes for '68 Holden's got excitement to sell. The New Generation Holden’s for '68, at your Holden dealer now...

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