New 1979 Holden Kingswood HZ Steps Out of its Time Capsule

Just when you think that all barn, garage and let’s not forget, dealer lot finds, have been unearthed, along comes another story to prove you wrong. This past Sunday saw the unearthing of a 1979 Holden Kingswood HZ saloon in Adelaide, Australia. Warren Edwards, a photographer from Adelaide and a family friend of the car’s current owners, was on hand to snap the pictures you see posted here. The mid-size Aussie sedan, which is powered by a 4.2-liter V8 rated at 120kW/161hp, had been bought brand new but due to the owner’s sudden illness at the time, it was parked in his garage after covering a little over 900km (~560 miles). It had been taken out only once in 1985 to replace its alternator before heading back to its resting place where it remained until a few days ago. Edwards tells us: “On Sunday morning, I was present at the unearthing of a 1979 Holden HZ Kingswood. Belonging to the family of a friend, the car was last on the road in 1985. The car has done 998.2km from new. It’s like a time machine. Hopefully, the pictures show just how good the condition of the car is. Inside is as close to brand new as you’ll ever see. The current owner’s father loved the car but became too ill to drive it. Apparently, he used to love just looking at it. When he died, the girls left the car in the garage. When we saw the car on Sunday, it was the first time it had seen daylight in many years. I was surprised that the tyres still held air and that it moved when we pushed it outside. I was expecting brakes, bearings to be seized. It was picked up on Monday and they are having a report written on the overall condition and what would be necessary to get the car drivable again.” For those of you unfamiliar with Holden’s model range and history, the Kingswood along with its lesser Belmont and more luxurious Premiere siblings formed Holden’s mid-size offerings in the late 1960s through the 1970s before they were replaced by the Commodore. The HZ range (1977 to 1980) was essentially the third facelift after the HJ and HX of Holden’s popular HQ series introduced in 1971. Photo Credits: Warren Edwards, whom we thank for the pictures and the story!
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  • Harry Nimmergut

    Actually, the front end looks much like the original 1970 Monte Carlo. The rear end is pretty awful.. Funny that there are no backup lights.

    • stephen

      Harry the indicators light up as backup lights. That was the Australian standard at the time.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    dude, there is nothing atrocious looking about that car

  • LeStori

    Great car. Compared to what? A VW beetle. Neighbour had 2. Both rotted out. My Alfa Romeo didn’t…

    oops necro thread 😉 but the comments still stand.

  • Thando_Gqabaza

    Absolutely a classic , was sold in South Africa as a Chevrolet Constantia

  • Paul

    I think it is amazing. And also not bad looking for the time period it comes from.

  • ediotsavant

    This bring back fond memories of riding in my father’s 1974 Kingswood. Never got the chance to drive it on the road as it was written off in an accident in 1981 only to be replaced by a Commodore SL. That is what I drove when I got my license.

  • Matthijs

    Very nice to see! A different type (based on the Holden HJ Premier) was known in Japan as a Mazda Roadpacer AP (with rotary engine)

  • Stephen

    You refer to this as Holden’s mid-size offering, as if there was a larger car in the range. The Kingswood was the largest car Holden built. The mid size Holden was called the Torana, and the small car was the Gemini.
    The luxury Holden was the Statesman, A sedan closely based on the Kingswood, using the longer wheelbase of the Kingswood wagon.

  • emjayay

    I could only think of GM compact and midsize cars of the period, although it looks overall more taut and lithe than any of them.

  • spambox

    Oooh, Radial Tuned Suspension. Nice…

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Looks great. May not be rare but it’s a good one in its own class. And i like it, minus the color.