HOLDEN HQ STATESMAN
The Holden HQ series is a range of automobiles that was produced by Holden in Australia from 1971 to 1974. The HQ was released on 15 July 1971, replacing the Holden HG series. It was the first ground up redesign of the Holden line since its original release in 1948, and included an all-new body, chassis, and suspension. The HQ was later developed into a series of successor models, finally ending production when the WB series was discontinued in 1984.
Production of the HQ range totalled 485,650 vehicles prior to its replacement by the Holden HJ series in October 1974. Holden HQ series cars were produced at GMH plants in Adelaide (Elizabeth, South Australia), Melbourne (Dandenong, Victoria), Sydney (Pagewood, New South Wales) and in Brisbane (Acacia Ridge, Queensland).
Engines, transmissions, and final drive assemblies were produced at the engine casting plant at Fishermens Bend in Melbourne, although 350 cu in (5.7 L) engines and its drivetrain components were fully imported from the United States.
Many local automotive component businesses in all these states across Australia supplied the main plants with many other parts, such as wiper arms, glass, carpets, electrical systems, fasteners, and the like.
From the late 1980s, the Holden HQ was used in Australia as the basis of a one-make motor racing category with an emphasis on cost. The category began in Tasmania but very quickly expanded to every state to become the entry-level motor racing category nationwide. The cars are built to comply with CAMS Group 3H Technical Regulations.
The HQ motor racing category also had an effect on spare parts in wrecking yards around Australia, with parts and body panels becoming scarce as many of the teams would ‘raid’ the yards for cheap spares. This led to a shortage of spares for the HQ model for anyone who owned a road-going version.
The HOLDEN HQ STATESMAN range of long wheelbase luxury sedans, based on the Holden HQ series, was also released in July 1971. The Statesman models replaced the Holden Brougham from the HG range however they were marketed as Statesmans rather than as Holdens. Available in two trim levels, the entry car was called the “Statesman” and the premium car was the “Statesman Deville”.
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