1974 Holden Statesman Review

1974 Holden Statesman HQ 308 V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1974
First year of ownership1984
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 308 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired270000 kilometres
Most recent distance370000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Torana


A very comfortable cruiser!


Very little!

The air-conditioning compressor required a set of seals when I purchased the car.

The diff was a little noisy and required reconditioning.

The motor was overhauled at approx. 300,000 Km. The Trimatic transmission was also overhauled at the same time.

A little rust under the vinyl roof...

General Comments:

This vehicle is an excellent performer and quite comfortable to boot!

The overall comfort of the interior is very good. Being in the car for a long trip as driver or passenger is not uncomfortable. You get out at the end of the trip as comfortable as when you started.

It eats up country miles without any effort!

While the good ol' HQ isn't anywhere near the technology of the WH, it is still excellent value for money if you can find a good, reasonably well looked after example.

One of the best things about this car, and others of it's vintage, is that you can actually do ALL the work on it yourself without any fancy tools or equipment. Any spares required are generally readily available anywhere in Australia, and don't cost the earth.

Reliability is not a problem in my experience. The car always starts first go, and has never left ME stranded (although I once left it stranded in a creek once... remember, ALWAYS check the depth of a water crossing, even the one that you regularly use!!!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2002

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review