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HJ 1974
The HJ was much more refined looking than the HQ with it's new look boot and bonnet making it more boxy and less pointy in appearance. GM-H decided to drop the racer image and concentrate on the family luxury image and leave the motor sports to the new look Torana range.  The 350 V8 was dropped as it was becoming exspensive to import and with the Australian V8 available in it's two forms, 5.0 and 4.2 litres it was not needed. It was only ever here as a performance, (race), engine and with the sales of the home grown V8s doing so well it was only a question of time. Even the Monaro was now available in four doors to enhance the family who wanted a sports orientated large car as well as being still available as a coupe. The Kingswood was the biggest selling model HJ and came standard with 3.3 litre engine and power assisted disc-brakes on the front for the first time. The Holden Sandman which was available in both Panel Van and Utility, although started in 1974, was first sold in numbers in the HJ model thanks to a high intensity marketing campaign.  Also the Caprice was added to compliment the Statesman as an upmarket alternative which came with almost everything Holden could possibly find.  One of the small changes that did make a difference was the new full foam seats, these gave a much nicer feel.

One of the most interesting facts about the HJ was the Premier body-shells were exported to Japan where they were fitted with Mazda 13B Wankel rotary engines and were sold as Mazda's top-of-the-line domestic market model, the 'Roadpacer'!  I did have a photo of one of these and will try to find it for all to see.  I would like to know the performance of this model if anyone can help me?
 

 Specifications
Year of Introduction: 
1974 

Price:
$3594 Belmont 6 cylinder (basic)
$4748 Statesman (basic)

Engine: 
2.84 litre (173 ci) 6 cylinder 
3.3 litre (202 ci) 6 cylinder 
4.2 litre V8 (253 ci) 
5.0 litre V8 (308 ci) 

ENGINES SPECIFICATIONS
3300 LC (Low compression)
Capacity 202 ci (3312.8 cc)
OHV six cylinder inline, front engined, rear wheel drive
Single throat Bendix Stromberg BXV-2 downdraught carburettor
Bore and stroke 92.08 mm x 82.55 mm
Power output (DIN):96.2 kW at 4400 rpm
Torque (DIN):231 Nm at 2000 rpm
Compression ratio:7.8:1

3300 HC (High compression)
Capacity 202 ci (3312.8 cc)
OHV six cylinder inline, front engined, rear wheel drive
Single throat Bendix Stromberg BXV-2 downdraught carburettor
Bore and stroke 92.08 mm x 82.55 mm
Power output (DIN):135 bhp (100.7 kW) at 4400 rpm
Torque (DIN):190 lb/ft (231 Nm) at 2000 rpm
Compression ratio:9.4:1

4.2 litre LC (Low compression)
Capacity 253 ci (4146 cc)
OHV V8, rear wheel drive, rear wheel drive
Single two barrel Bendix Stromberg WW downdraught carburettor
Bore and stroke:92.08 mm x 77.77 mm
Power output (DIN):174 bhp (130 kW) at 4400 rpm
Torque (DIN):247 lb/ft (325 Nm) at 2400 rpm
Compression ratio:8.0:1

4.2 litre HC (High compression)
Capacity 253 ci (4146 cc)
OHV V8, rear wheel drive, rear wheel drive
Single two barrel Bendix Stromberg WW downdraught carburettor
Bore and stroke 92.08 mm x 77.77 mm
Power output (DIN) 185 bhp (138 kW) at 4400 rpm
Torque (DIN) 262 lb/ft (353.7 Nm) at 2400 rpm
Compression ratio 9.0:1

5.0 litre
Capacity 308 ci (5047 cc)
OHV V8, rear wheel drive, rear wheel drive
Single four barrel Rochester 4MV Quadrajet downdraught carburettor
Bore and stroke 101.66 mm x 77.77 mm
Power output (DIN) 240 bhp (179.0 kW) at 4800 rpm
Torque (DIN) 315 bhp (434 Nm) at 3000 rpm
Compression ratio 9.0:1

Transmission: 
3 speed manual 
4 speed manual 
3 speed Trimatic 
3 speed Turbohydramatic 400 (308 only) 

Performance: 0-100 km/h 
13.1 seconds (202) 
10.5 seconds (308)
10.4 seconds Monaro 308 auto

Speed in gears
5.0 litre (308) auto
2.78:1 differential
1st 70 km/h
2nd 110 km/h
3rd 182 km/h

1st 41 km/h (202 @ 4400 rpm)
2nd 103 km/h (202 @ 4400 rpm)
3rd 142 km/h (202 @ 4000 rpm)

Standing 400 metres 
19.1 seconds (202 auto) 
18.1 seconds (308) 
17.9 seconds Monaro 308 auto

Production: 
176,202
166,301 (domestic)

Models
Belmont sedan
Belmont station wagon
Kingswood sedan
Kingswood station wagon
Kingswood utility
Kingswood Sandman utility
Kingswood deluxe sedan
Premier sedan
Premier station wagon
Holden cab/chassis truck  (1 tonner)
Holden panel van
Sandman panel van
Holden utility
Sandman utility
Monaro coupe
Monaro GTS coupe
Monaro GTS sedan
Monaro LS coupe
Statesman De Ville sedan
Statesman Caprice sedan