Welcome to the all new Holden Heaven
  Holden HK

HK - 1968
The HK was the start of a brand new image for Holden, not just for the new 5.0 litre (307 Chevy) V8 but also for the larger new coke bottle shape and the options available seemed endless. Disc brakes, power windows, bucket seats (reclining or fixed), power tailgate for the wagon, choice of axle ratio, 4 speed manual transmission, trimatic on all but the 161ci and even air conditioning although this wasn't intergrated but stuck under the dash. These options were selling cars in the U.S. and GM-H saw that it would do the same in Australia. 

Ford introduced the Fairlane with it's 289ci V8 selling well which was having an effect on Pontiac and Chevrolets so GM-H took a top of the range Premier, added a larger boot and called it the Brougham. 

This car was either loved or hated, it came standard with the 5.0 litre (307ci) Chevrolet V8 and auto but didn't sell as well as expected. Holden was showing it's willingness to learn and experiment with models which was just as well for it's next new release, the Monaro which had been a rumour for two years sold very well.

 Specifications
Year of Introduction:
January1968 

Price:
$2215 Belmont sedan
$3790 Monaro GTS 327

Engine: 
2.65 litre (161ci) 6 cylinder 
3.05 litre (186ci) 6   cylinder 
3.05 litre 6 cylinder (186S) 
5.0 litre V8 (307) & 
5.3  litre V8 (327) 

Power:
85kW (161)
95kW (186) 
108kW (186s)
157kW (307)
188kW (327) 

Transmissions:
3 speed manual 
4 speed manual 
2 speed  Powerglide 

Performance: 0-100 km/h 
15.2 seconds (186) 
8.2 seconds (327)

Standing 400 metres 
19.6 seconds (186)
16.0 seconds (327) 

Production: 
199,039

Models available:
Belmont sedan
Belmont wagon
Belmont Panel van
Belmont utility
Kingswood sedan
Kingswood wagon
Kingswood utility
Premier sedan
Premier wagon
Brougham
Monaro coupe
Monaro GTS
Monaro GTS 327


The Engines
161 inline six
161 cid 6 cylinder inline, (2640 cc)
Bore and stroke:3.375" (85.7 mm)  x 3.00" (76.2 mm)
OHV with hydraulic lifters, single camshaft
Single barrel downdraught Bendix Stromberg carburettor
Power output (DIN):114 bhp (85 kW) at 4400 rpm
Torque (DIN):157 lb/ft (211.9 Nm) at 2000 rpm
Compression ratio:9.2:1

186 inline six
186 cid - 6 cylinder inline (3050 cc)
Bore and stroke:3.625" (92.1 mm) x 3.00" (76.2 mm)
OHV with hydraulic lifters, single camshaft
Single barrel downdraught Bendix Stromberg carburettor
Power output (DIN):126 bhp (94 kW) at 4200 rpm
Torque (DIN):181 lb/ft (244.3 Nm) at 1600 rpm
Compression ratio:9.2:1

186s inline six
186 cid - 6 cylinder inline (3050 cc)
Bore and stroke:3.625" (92.1 mm) x 3.00" (76.2 mm)
OHV with hydraulic lifters, single camshaft
Two barrel downdraught Bendix Stromberg with auto choke
Power output (DIN):145 bhp (108.2 kW) at 4600 rpm
Torque (DIN):184 lb/ft (248.4 Nm) at 2200 rpm
Compression ratio:9.2:1

307 V8 ( Chevrolet 5 litre)
307 cid V8  (5035 cc)
Bore and stroke:3.875 inches (98.4 mm) x 3.25 inches (82.5 mm)
OHV with hydraulic lifters, single camshaft
Two barrel Rochester downdraught carburettor with automatic choke
Power output (DIN):210 bhp (156.7 kW) at 4600 rpm
Torque (DIN):300 lb/ft (405 Nm) at 2400 rpm
Compression ratio:8.75:1
 

327 V8 (Chevrolet)
327 cid V8 (5363 cc)
Bore and stroke:4.0 inches (101.6 mm) x 3.25 inches (82.5 mm)
OHV with hydraulic lifters, single camshaft
Rochester four barrel downdraught carburettor with automatic choke
Power output (DIN):250 bhp (186.5 kW) at 4800 rpm
Torque (DIN):325 lb/ft (438.7 Nm) at 3200 rpm
Compression ratio:8.75:1

 Pics