Sedan Down Under: 1968 Holden Kingswood

Unlike the muscle cars of the US, the official body styles of hooliganism in Australia were also the shapes of function and utility. The Kingswood sedan, as shown here, is a popular base for drag and burnout cars, as well as main street cruisers and surf wagons. Along with the meat pie and AFL, it’s a cultural icon.  Find this 1968 Holden Kingswood for sale in Tulwika, WA for $6,800 via craigslist.

With big car styling cues and the fact that most of us have never stood next to one, it’s a little tough to understand the scale of the HT-HG series Holdens. For perspective, it’s about the size of a Chevy II, Studebaker Lark, or any of the compact class cars from the mid-60’s.

The optional 186 cubic inch version of the Holden ‘Red Motor’ was specified in this car, as opposed to the more anemic 161. Since the daily tasks of 60’s Holdens could include either shuttling passengers in Melbourne traffic or mending fences in the Outback, the motors needed to be robust and serviceable so that in the unlikely event of a failure, you can fix it before being human jerky in the Simpson Desert. Features like the external oil pump and lifter gallery service port gave recipients of bad luck a fighting chance against local conditions and wildlife of regional Australia.

The interior contains vast flat planes of plastic and rubber, like a synthetic desert. With color coded rubber floors, one could spray out all the puked-up VB and meat pies with no dramas whatsoever Simplicity, durability, and comfort were the operative words for the insides of old Holdens, all the way up to base model variants of 80’s Commodores. 

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Matt, a self-proclaimed bottom-feeder of the classic car market, spends half of his time buying cars, half of his time retrieving them, and the remaining third on keeping them on the road.