1969 HT Holden
Introduced the locally designed Aussie V8 – in 4.2 and 5.0 litre versions – to strong demand. It featured design changes such as wraparound rear light clusters, wider track, improved suspension, new instrument panel and wiper system and offered a 14-model selection (Monaro demand exceeded supply), a choice of five engines, four gearboxes, and a lengthy list of options, including a limited slip differential, Superlift shock absorbers, power steering, power windows, bucket seats, and air conditioning.
The 6 cylinder engine lineup remained unchanged, but Holden dumped the imported 5 litre 307 in favour of its two locally manufactured V8’s, the 253 and 308. The Chev 350 was retained for the GTS350.
The manual transmission incorporated a fully synchromesh 3 speed column shift rather than the earlier “find and grind” type used in earlier models.
1969 – 1970
Engine: 6 & 8 cyl.
Capacity: 161/186 6 cyl; 253/308/350 V8
Power: 95kW 186 & 188kW 327
Transmission: 3/4 spd man.; 2 spd. Powerglide
Base price when new: $2,326.
Total built: 183,402