My story by Bharat Mistry

Bharat bought his 1973 Holden Kingswood from his Grandfather when he was just 18 years old. The caveat to purchase was that nothing whatsoever could be changed in the vehicle, and as a man of his word Bharat has ensured the Kingswood is still in original condition.

60 Years Loyal

Bharat's son Shaan is up next to inherit the car and can't wait to continue the family history. "Family picnics, trips to the Waitakere Ranges, up to the Puhoi Pub or just running errands with Mum - this car has been part of everyday life and special memories. I can't wait 'til it's mine".

60 Years Loyal

The HQ Holden

The HQ series brought about major improvements to all Holden variants. Modern Motor magazine said that an 8,800 kilometre test of the HQ Kingswood had shown that the new model 'raised the average family man's car to above average status'.

Built over an extended three-year period and boasting a huge selection of model variants, the all-new HQ was the biggest-selling Holden ever.

1971 HQ Kingswood

All-new body with 'creased' side panels; grille separated from headlights; recessed grille featuring horizontal bar with central Holden (or GTS) badge; Premier has four headlights, Kingswood two; front turn and rear turn indicators and stop-lights are incorporated into bumpers.

ENGINE:
2.84L 6-cylinder '173',
3.3L 6-cylinder '202'
4.2L V8 '253' 5-litre V8 '308',
5.74-litre V8 '350'

TRANSMISSION:
3-speed manual gearbox,
4-speed manual gearbox,
3-speed Trimatic automatic transmission,
3-speed Turbohydramatic 400 automatic transmission
(only with the '350' V8).

DIMENSIONS:
Length: 4762 mm
Wheelbase: 2819 mm
Width: 1880 mm

MODELS:
Available in 21 model variants

The First Commodore VB

A major change of direction for Holden, significantly shorter and narrower than previous Holdens, the Commodore followed the trend towards smaller cars sparked by the fuel crises of the 1970's.

The late 70's produced a world-wide fuel crisis when OPEC restricted production in order to receive a better price for their fuel per barrel. An oil refinery was commenced at Marsden Point in Northland and the use of alternative fuels from New Plymouth, LPG and CNG was heavily encouraged through incentive schemes to fit gas cylinders to the boot of your car.

1978 VB Commodore

All-new smaller body; centrally mounted square Holden badge at top of hatched front grille; side badge at top of hatched front grille; side badging mounted on bodywork above protector strip.

ENGINE:
2.85L 6-cylinder,
3.3L 6-cylinder,
4.2L V8, 5L V8

TRANSMISSION:
4-speed manual gearbox,
3-speed Trimatic automatic transmission,
3-speed Turbohydramatic
350/400 automatic transmission.

DIMENSIONS:
Length: 4705 mm
Wheelbase: 2668 mm
Width: 1722 mm

MODELS:
Available in 5 model variants

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