NZV8 TV S3 Episode 5 - Powercruise, Holden HQ Kingswood, GP Hydroplaning - Part 1
On this week's show, we get down to the huge Powercruise event held
recently at the Taupo Motorsport Park. We have full coverage of the
Powerskids and all the Off Street Racing. It was an awesome event and it's
no suprise that's where we found this week's feature car -- a supercharged
Holden HQ Kingswood that had no issue turning rubber into smoke. After all
the excitement of Powercruise we needed to relax by the water so we caught
up with Australasian GP Hydroplaning champion Graeme Weller as he attempts
to set the World GP Hydroplane Speed Record.
MONARO HQ GTS
Australian Muscle Car.1973 Original Yellow and black Nitrous 308 Holden HQ GTS Two Door Monaro. 1994 Wa
Street Machine State Champion. First car bought the same week i turned 17
and got my licence.
hq holden restoration part 7: finished project
sorry guys skipped a lot of the process as i have been pretty busy but this
is the finished product, hope you guys like it... any question or thoughts
leave me a comment.
Holden HQ GTS Monaro Bathurst 1973 Car
Holden HQ Monaro GTS
A completely new generation body design emerged with the HQ series in July
1971, including the new Monaro 'LS' (commonly believed to mean "Luxury
Sports") model. There were no longer any six-cylinder versions of the
Monaro GTS, just 253 or optional 308 V8s or the top level GTS350 coupe. The
base model Monaro standard engine was enlarged to 173 cu in (2,830 cc)
whilst the Monaro LS had a broad spectrum of engine options from a 202 cu
in (3,310 cc) six to the 350 cu in (5,700 cc) V8. The new coupe design had
a much larger rear window and a squarer rear quarter window; it was somehow
seen as not as sporty looking compared to the earlier HK-HT-HG series, but
is often now considered one of the best looking body designs to come from
an Australian producer.
Up until 1973, the HQ Monaro GTS did not wear any body stripe ornamentation
and the 350 cubic inch (5.74 L) Chevrolet Small-Block V8 engine was a
little less potent than in previous HT/HG versions, especially with the
optional turbo-hydramatic 3-speed
automatic transmission. This, and the fact that the same 350 engine was
also available as on option in the
1971--1974 Holden HQ Monaro GTS sedan in South Australia.
large Statesman luxury sedan, probably contributed to a downgrade of the
Monaro GTS range in muscular image terms, as did the replacement of the
bigger coupes with the six-cylinder Holden Torana GTR XU-1 as the chosen GM
car for Australian touring car racing. The introduction of bonnet and
bootlid paint-outs in 1973 coincided with the release of the HQ Monaro GTS
in four door sedan configuration. It is generally considered that Holden
created the bold contrasting paint-outs in order that the new Monaro GTS
sedan would not be mistaken for the humble Kingswood sedan upon which it
The continued erosion of the GTS350 cache was compounded by the deletion of
specific '350' decals on the post-1973 cars, with all Monaro GTS coupes and
sedans now being externally labelled with the generic HQ series 'V8'
bootlid badge. In the final year of HQ production, i.e. 1974, the manual
transmission version of the GTS350 was discontinued and sales of the
automatic version were minimal prior to the engine option being quietly and
A factory 350 HQ GTS Monaro is very valuable today, with a 350 sedan
fetching as much as $50,000, and close to $100,000 for a 350 GTS Coupe.