1 Jul 1971
GM-H, caught unawares by the success of the stretched Falcon that was the Fairlane, tried but failed miserably with its initial attempt at a prestige car, the 1968 HK Brougham.
Buyers saw it for the Premier with a longer boot that it was.
So the 1971 Statesman followed the Ford by being based on the 2895mm wheelbase HQ Kingswood station wagon platform, for increased rear-passenger legroom.
A quad headlight, twin mesh grille and elongated vertical wagon tail-lights identified the Holden.
The engines (in gross power output figures) were a 99kW 3.3-litre OHV inline six-cylinder unit (202 cubic inches), auto-only 136kW 4.2-litre V8 (253ci), 177kW 5.0-litre V8 (308ci) and 202kW 5.7-litre V8 (350ci) – mated to a three-speed auto or four-speed manual transmission.
The basic Custom offered a radio, heater and not much else, while the luxury V8-only De Ville featured more chrome, improved seating, better audio, power steering and plusher trim.
Despite this, Statesman sales could not catch up to the Fairlane.
Vague steering and roly-poly handling from Holden’s first coil-spring rear suspension set-up garnered poor critical reviews.
VS III Statesman and Caprice
WB Series II Statesman
VQ Statesman and Caprice
VS Statesman and Caprice
WL Statesman and Caprice
VR Statesman and Caprice
WK Statesman and Caprice
VQ Series II Statesman and Caprice
WH Statesman and Caprice
VS II Statesman and Caprice
WH II Statesman and Caprice