1974 Holden HQ Kingswood – reader ride

Rob Poulton's 1974 HQ Kingswood killer streeter

Photographers: Dan Browne

Rob Poulton’s 1974 HQ Kingswood killer streeter

This article on Rob’s HQ Kingswood was originally published in the April 2017 issue of Street Machine

“FROM the day I was born, I was handed my first Hot Wheels car from Dad and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Holden HQ Kingswood rear angleHaving built a couple of earlier-model Commodores in the past, the old-school cool got me bad so I started the build on this HQ. I bought the car for about five grand and I knew it was the ultimate canvas for a killer streeter.

Holden HQ engine bayThe small-block 383 pumps out about 550hp, and features a Comp cam, Scat rotating parts and AFR cylinder heads, with an Edelbrock intake. Pacemaker headers give off a sweet and throaty note that turns a lot of heads. The three-speed Turbo 350 is awesome for cruising, while the nine-inch performs as it should when it has to take a bootful.

Holden HQ KingswoodIt sits perfectly on Pedders springs and adjustable shocks and rolls on 15×4 and 15×8 Weld AlumaStars. The interior is relatively stock with the exception of deleted headrests and the addition of Auto Meter Pro Comp gauges.

Holden HQ interiorA big shout-out to Mum and Dad; my brothers Matt and Steve; Kris and Alex at Motor1; Proworkz Fabrication; and all the mates who’ve lent a hand over the years.”