1977 HZ Holden

HZ Holden

Final revision of the HQ series and the last traditionally-sized Holden until the VN, the HZ range offered RTS and four-wheel disc brakes. RTS made dramatic improvements to handling safety, and combined with other suspension modifications gave the HZ a more sporty, European feel. Four-wheel disc brakes were standard fitment on Statesman and GTS, optional on sedans and wagons Minor styling changes included a revised grille, higher bootlid, upgraded interior trim and improved instrumentation.

1977 HZ Kingswood SL

1977 HZ Kingswood SL



GM-H got it right with this model Holden. Motorists in Australia had become used to fighting understeer on every country road, but the Radial Tuned Suspension system eased the hastle for the bigger Aussie sedan, giving it predictable handling.

The exterior, gave little to identify the HZ over the HJ/HX models.

The “Belmont” name was dropped but the “Kingswood” name lived on in the HZ, but the and The “Kingswood SL” was introduced as an upmarket version and offered a much higher luxury level. Added to the “Premier” was standard Tri-Matic auto, tinted side glass, pinstriping and the now familiar quad-headlight configuration.

The HZ Monaro GTS was standardised with the 308 5 litre V8, dual exhaust, four-speed manual transmission, tinted glass, full instrumentation, front and rear spoilers and four-wheel disc brakes.

This was the end of the “HQ” series run as GM-H was about to radically change car manufacturing in Australia

HZ Holden Panel Van

HZ Holden Panel Van

Holden HZ

1977 – 1978

Engine: 6 cyl. & V8

Capacity: 202 6 cyl; 253/308 V8

Power: 81kW 202 & 161kW 308

Transmission: 3/4 spd man; 3 spd Tri-Matic & TurboHydramatic 350:

Base price when new: $6,377.

Total built: 154,155.


1980 WB Holden

The WB model was released with the line-up to consisting of the Ute, Panel Van, Statesman Deville and Statesman Caprice.

The intended release of the WB was to be another facelift to the HQ/HJ/HX/HZ stable.

The intro of Radial Tuned Suspension increased popularity with the HZ.

WB Statesman

WB Statesman

WB Statesman

The extension of the roofline in the WB Statesman by 3 inches, improved the leg-room for rear seat passengers, with better head-room and even more boot space – even though the WB Statesman wheelbase was shorter than the HZ Statesman.

Minor revisions to the popular 5 litre 308  V8 and the equipment list now included the first cruise control fitted to a local car as standard, along with power windows, central locking, high-end audio system and leather upholstery.

WB Ute

WB Ute

Holden WB

1980 – 1985

Engine: 202 6 cyl.; 253/308 V8

Capacity:2840/5740 cc

Transmission: 3/4 spd man, 3 spd auto

Number Built: 59,031