Holden Engine Numbers ID Guide

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Holden Engine Numbers Identification Guide


G.M. Holdens Ltd.
What Engine Is In My Holden? Decoding Holden Engine Numbers.


Holden "Red" Motor
image from original Holden EH sales brochure


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130
130E
HT Holden / HG Holden
130
130T
Early LC Torana
130
CA
Late LC Torana and LJ Torana
130
QA
HQ Holden
138
2250H
Early LC Torana High Compression
138
2250L
Early LC Torana Low Compression
138
CB
late LC Torana , LJ Torana High Compression
138
CC
late LC Torana, LJ Torana Low Compression
138
HB
LH Torana, LX Torana High Compression
138
HC
LH Torana, LX Torana Low Compression
149
149D
HD Holden High Compression
149
149E
HD Holden Low Compression
149
H
EH Holden High Compression
149
Y
EH Holden Low Compression
161
161H
HK Holden / HG Holden High Compression
161
161L
HK Holden / HG Holden Low Compression
161
161R
HR Holden High Compression
161
161W
HR Holden Low Compression
161
2600H
LC High Compression
161
2600L
LC Low Compression
161
2600S
LC GTR
173
CD
LC Torana / LJ Torana High Compression
173
CE
LC Torana / LJ Torana Low Compression
173
CF
late LC GTR
173
FE
CF Bedford Low Compression
173
GD
late HG High Compression
173
GE
late HG Low Compression
173
HD
LH / LX ADR27 and LX, UC ADR27A manual High Compression
173
HE
LH / LX ADR27 and LX, UC ADR27A manual Low Compression
173
N5D
GMP&A 173 Replacement Short Motor VC-VH
173
ND
Nasco (or equivalent) Replacement Red Motor High Compression
173
NE
Nasco (or equivalent) Replacement Red Motor Low Compression
173
QD
HQ Holden to late HZ Holden High Compression (export only in HZ)
173
QE
HQ Holden to HZ Holden Low Compression (export only in HZ)
173
VD
VB to VH Commodore (Red and blue)
173
XQD
LX, UC Torana ADR27A auto High Compression
173
XQE
LX, UC Torana ADR27A auto Low Compression
173
ZD
late HZ Holden High Compression (export only in HZ)
173
ZE
late HZ Holden Low Compression (export only in HZ)
179
179F
HD Holden
179
179X
HD X2
179
M
EH Holden
186
186A
HR Holden
186
186K
HR X2 up to engine no. 186K162700, HR 186S from engine no. 186K162701
186
186L
HT Holden, HG Holden Low Compression
186
186NxxxxS
Nasco (or equivalent) Replacement Motor for HK-HG (for engines supplied post HQ release)
186
186P
HK Holden, HT Holden, HG Holden
186
186S
HK Holden, HT Holden, HG Holden
186
186X
Early LC XU-1 ## (assumed to be only in pilot cars)
186
3100X
Later LC XU-1
186
CK
Late LC XU-1
186
NK
Nasco (or equivalent) Replacement Motor late LC XU-1
202
11QL
HQ Statesman (export only in HJ-HZ). Also UC Torana SL.
202
FL
CF Bedford High Compression
202
GL
late HG High Compression
202
GM
late HG Low Compression
202
HL
LH, LX ADR27 and LX, UC ADR27A manual High Compression
202
HM
LH, LX ADR27 and LX, UC ADR27A manual Low Compression
202
JL
LJ Torana GTR
202
JP
LJ Torana GTR XU-1
202
N5K
GMP&A VK EFI Replacement Motor
202
N5L
GMP&A 202 Replacement Motor VC-VH Commodore, WB
202
N5M
GMP&A 202 Low Compression Replacement Motor VC-VH, WB
202
NL
Nasco (or equivalent) Replacement Red Motor High Compression
202
NM
Nasco (or equivalent) Replacement Red Motor Low Compression
202
NP
Nasco Replacement Motor for LJ Torana GTR XU-1
202
QL
HQ Holden to late HZ Holden and LX Torana High Compression
202
QM
HQ to HX Low Compression
202
VL
VB to VK Commodore (Red, Blue and Black)
202
VM
VB Commodore to VK Commodore (Red, Blue and Black) Low Compression
202
VK
VK Commodore EFI
202
WL
WB (blue)
202
XQL
LX, UC Torana ADR27A auto High Compression
202
XQM
LX, UC Torana ADR27A auto Low Compression
202
ZL
late HZ
11QR
HQ Statesman (export only in HJ-HZ) High Compression
11QS
HQ Statesman custom Low Compression
11ZR
export only in HZ Statesman ##
253H
HT Holden and HG Holden High Compression
253L
HT Holden and HG Holden Low Compression
253NxxxxS
HT Holden and HG Holden Nasco Replacement engine High Compression ## (for engines supplied post HQHolden release)
BS
1979 E and S Series Bedford (Chevrolet pattern gearbox)
QR
HQ Holden / late HZ Holden High Compression
QS
HQ Holden / HJ Holden Low Compression
ZR
late HZ
N5R
GMP&A 253 Replacement Motor VC-VH, WB
NR
Nasco (or equivalent) Replacement Red Short Motor HQ-HZ, VB. Possible GM-H Warranty Engine from late 1970s.
NS
Nasco (or equivalent) Replacement Red Short Motor HQ-HX ##
HR
LH Torana / LX Torana High Compression
HS
LH Torana / LX Torana Low Compression
VR
VB Commodore to VH Commodore (Red and Blue Engines)
WR
WB Commercial
307
307
HK Holden and HT Holden 5-litre
308
11QT
HQ and late HZ Statesman
308
11WT
WB Statesman
308
11ZT
Late HZ Statesman
308
12WT
Late WB Statesman
308
308H
HT Holden and HG Holden
308
308NxxxxS
HT and HG Nasco Replacement engine (for engines supplied post HQ release)
308
BV
1979 E, M and S Series Bedford L43 option (Low Compression, 2 barrel Rochester)
308
HZ
LH SLR5000 L34
308
HT
LH / LX SLR5000 and LX SS L31 including A9X (except LH SLR5000 L34)
308
N5A
GMP&A 304 Replacement Short Motor LV2
308
N5B
GMP&A 304 Replacement Short Motor V5H
308
N5C
GMP&A 304 Replacement Short Motor VK A9L
308
N5G
GMP&A 304 Replacement Short Motor V7X
308
N5J
GMP&A 304 Replacement Short Motor VL
308
N5T
GMP&A 308 Replacement Short Motor VC-VK, WB
308
N5W
GMP&A 308 Replacement Short Motor VL A9L
308
N5Z
GMP&A 308 Replacement Short Motor V5H
308
NT
Nasco (or equivalent) Replacement Short Motor HQ-HZ, VB, LH/LX SLR5000 (except L34) and LX SS L31.
Possible GM-H Warranty Engine from late 1970s.
308
NZ
Nasco (or equivalent) Replacement Short Motor for L34
308
QT
HQ-late HZ
308
SU
VN-VSIII Replacement Motor (pre 179/195kW engine)
308
SM
VSIII/VT Replacement Motor (179kW/195kW)##
308
SVM
VSIII 179kW/195kW Statesman ##
308
SVU
VQ-VSIII Statesman except 179kW/195kW VSIII.
308
VT
VB to VK 308 (Red, blue and black)
308
VA
VK 304 LV2
308
VB
VK 304 early 1985 manual only V5H
308
VC
VK Group A (engine painted Red) A9L
308
VE
VN HSV 200kW (SV5000 and other 'Red Cover' engines)
308
VG
VK 304 late 1985 manual only V7X
308
VJ
VL 304
308
VK
VN Group A 4-bolt (plus other 4-bolt models eg VP GTS)
308
VL
VR-VS 5.7L 215kW
308
VM
VT 179kW plus VSIII ute and Statesman 179kW. Also VSIII ute and Statesman with HBD 195kW engine. ##
308
VN
VT 304 HSV 195kW
308
VP
VL Walkinshaw and VT 5.7L 220kW HSV (different blocks, common number)
308
VU
VN to VS 304 (except VSIII ute and Statesman with 179kW engine)
308
VZ
VK 308 V5H
308
VW
VL A9L
308
WT
WB commercial
308
ZT
Late HZ
327
327xxxxxTxxxxH5
HK first style 327
327
327xxxxxKxxxxH
HK second style 327 (Any other 327 prefixed engine not represented as per above is from a GMH built Pontiac, Chevrolet etc.)
350
11QU
HQ Statesman
350
350
Very early HT (manual only? Pagewood only?) ##
350
350M
HT and HG manual.
350
350A
HT and HG auto.
350
QU

HQ 350 other than Statesman. Usually found in 81837 coupe and XW8 Kingswood (GTS 350 4-door). Also found in LS coupe, Premier, Kingswood (non XW8) and ute. Possibly others.

FxxxxGHFxxx - 1976-1978 Australian complianced Chevrolet C20, K20 and C30 trucks.

Gen III
6MA
Auto L76 (fitted to some VYII)
Gen III
6MB
Manual (fitted to some VYII)
Gen III
7NB
Auto L98 6.0L VZ wagon and ute post VE sedan release.
Gen III
7NC
Auto VE
Gen III
7ND
Manual VE
Gen III
CAK
Manual L98 6.0L VZ wagon and ute post VE sedan release.
Gen III
VF
LS1 (5.7L) and LS2 (6.0L) VTII to VZ Commodore, ute and 1-tonner. Monaro V2 to VZ. Includes HSV vehicles. Except for VZ ute and wagon built post VE release.
Gen III
ZLF
VE LS2

Holden Specification Sheets:
EH Holden
HD Holden
HR Holden
HK Holden
HT Holden
HG Holden
HQ Holden
HJ Holden
HX Holden
HZ Holden
WB Holden

Torana Specification Sheets:
LC Torana
LJ Torana
LH Torana
LX Torana
UC Torana

Commodore Specification Sheets:
VB Commodore
VC Commodore
VH Commodore
VK Commodore

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