Holden History HK
After falling behind in the racing scene in the early sixties the HK bought Holden back into the competitive market, to do this Holden released one more type of HK, the Monaro. The Monaro was the first true "sports" Holden (excluding the EH S4 which was really just an EH with very minor improvements), and could be attained with the Chevrolet 327ci V8. The Monaro name stayed with Holden for many years and models into the future and bought Holden a dedicated fan base. Currently Holden has rereleased the Monaro in it's new series of Commodores, previous to that the Monaro hadn't been seen in Holdens range since the very first Commodore. Belmont - The Belmont HK was the HK replacement for the Standard series from previous models, it included "Belmont" badging but was still very plain compared to the Kingswood and other types. Kingswood - The Kingswood replaced the Specials in previous models and included Kingswood badging, extra chrome and more features. It also saw a lot of popularity over the years and many old holdens are referred to as "Kingswoods" even though each model was different and previous to the HK there weren't any Kingswoods. It also became popular through movies and tv shows like Kingswood County.
Premier - Previous to the Brougham the Premier was always the top of the line for each series, and it was also for the HK until that point. It included more features and luxuries and an alterred roof line. Brougham - Later in the HK series Holden released the Brougham, it was an imrpoved Premier with even more luxuries as standard and the 307ci V8 as standard also. It was also 20cm longer than the other HKs which gave it the appearance of being the same at both ends when looked at from the side. The Brougham was fairly rare due to the fact that it was introduced as Holdens rich mans luxury car. A Premier was within many peoples means to acquire but the Brougham was another step up again on the social ladder. Monaro - The Monaro was released as the first of Holdens true sports cars or muscle cars (compared to its other releases). It optionally included the 327ci Chevrolet V8 and brought holden a new fan base which has mostly remained to modern days. The Monaro has also been recently rereleased by Holden in its commodore series, some people see it as a travesty to the old Monaro name to see it on modern cars though.
|Price New||Number Built||Engines||Transmissions||Performance: 0 - 100 km/h||Performance: Standing 400m|
|$2215||199,039||161 186 186S 307 V8 327 V8||3 speed column manual 4 speed floor manual 2 speed column automatic||15.3 seconds (186 auto)||19.5 seconds (186 auto)|
Information for this page was gathered from the following sites: Early Holdens Unique Cars and Parts Southgate Holden Holden Main Site and from the following books: HK - HT - HG Manual by Gregorys UP FOR REGO - by Richard Strauss