1975 Holden Kingswood HJ 3.3 Litre 202 red motor (3 speed man.) from Australia and New Zealand
It's a Holden, need I say more? She's practically unbreakable!
When I first bought this car the master cylinder and battery needed replacing, but the only other thing it's done is run out of fuel!
Because it wasn't registered or roadworthy when I bought it, I have had to replace the rear shock absorbers, drag link, sway bar, brakes, upper control arm bushes, ignition barrel and wiper motor.
I have found it to be an extremely solid, reliable and easy car to work on and drive, which comes in handy being a chick! Another good thing about this model is that there are a lot of available parts floating around for cheap.
This ingenious invention has a very attractive design and at $300 for a running car that's one and a half times my age and is also about to be registered, I'm not complaining!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th October, 2003
10th May 2015, 11:34
Update May 2015.
Still own her... just replaced the cylinder head with a rebuilt head as a valve issue caused low compression on cylinder 3. It is still the original engine, but I replaced the water pump and hoses, refit all new heater hoses and tap, and rebuilt the original carby and a full tune. Now runs quiet and smooth.
Owned the HJ for 13 years now and she has plenty of life left in her.
Will keep these updates going in the future.
19th Sep 2015, 09:52
I've owned my HJ for 14 years too. I too rebuilt the 202 head as I had low compression in cylinder 3 also... Put in hardened seats and valves, and replaced the water pump too.
Carby rebuilt, and it's a joy to drive for a 40 year old classic.