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
Holden HJ
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Our Rating: 2


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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As a young bloke a had a couple of HJs and an HZ, in the early 90's when they had been savaged by depreciation and as a result were very cheap to run and repair. $5 carburettor? $10 harmonic balancer? $30 Radiator - all could be fitted by myself and mates. $500-$1200 for a whole car. We fitted gearboxes and pulled driveshafts, replaced fuel pumps and added air shockies. They were spacious, reliable when cared for, and pleasant to own. To this day I love the styling, and love the dashboard. Amongst mates, it was always felt that the HQ dash and styling were not as good, and that HZ wagons with either V8 were the pinnacle (and at $4K unaffordable!), and the emissionised HX was best avoided. My HJ wagon was the best - metallic purple with a white roof. The bench seats were uncomfortable, but well worth getting as they allowed true flexibility - being able to seat 3 on the front seat keeping the back for surf gear, or seating a full 6. I'd love my kids to learn how to drive the 3 speed manual - there is nothing like it today. The performance did not set the world on fire, but I enjoyed the torque of the 202 and Trimatic. Having underpowered cars acutally helped make me a conservative driver - especially in the country. The handling on the HJ was basically heavy-ish steering and lots of understeer - it was only the HZ that handled. Vision was superb, far better than new cars. Weight was good, only 1429kg. The manual 173 was asthmatic in the Belmont sedan. HJ's were my youth, and I could happily have one again in a more 'ceremonial' role.
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