1970 Holden Kingswood Review

1970 Holden Kingswood hg worked 186 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission worked 186 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired83500 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carNissan Pintara

Summary:

A classic muscle restoration

Faults:

Nothing much has really gone wrong with my car so far. I bought the car as a restoration project and its just about completed, its cost about $25,000 to date, but my dream has almost been achieved. It started to overheat one day on the freeway due to a cooling system blockage, but that's not bad considering that before I bought it, it hadn't had a tune or or service for more than 15 years...

General Comments:

I've loved these old cars now for years, I always wanted to hot one up, so now that I've got the money behind me I have. Its currently going through a full bare metal restoration, its having a turbo 700 4spd auto put in from a later model commodore, and I've done a lot of performance work the the engine, the little 186 cubic inch straight 6 cylinder is now developing around 250 horse power at the rear wheel, and it can beat most v8's, but doesn't suffer from the extra weight.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2004

1st Sep 2005, 21:46

Hi there. Great to hear of another HG out there. I have an HG Station Wagon. I am interested to know what you have done to the engine for it to develop 250hp! If you have time, please email me on: vicegripswells@gmail.com

Thanks.

13th Apr 2006, 04:58

Hey mate, tough kingswood.

I am also wondering how you managed that much power out of a 186.

I have a 186s in a Hg premier for my first car.

Could you please send me some info on your engine to mat920@hotmail.com.

Cheers Matt.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review