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Before the Statesman was THE Brougham
The HK series Brougham was launched in July 1968 along with the new Monaro coupés, six months after the HK Series Holden Belmont/Kingswood/Premier models. The Brougham then followed the model cycles of these mainstream Holdens: the HT series was announced in July 1969 and the HG series in August 1970.

Because of its luxury positioning, the Brougham was only available with an automatic transmission, first a two-speed, then a three-speed after the HG's launch. The only engine available in the original HK Series Brougham was a Chevrolet 307-cubic-inch (5.0 L) V8.[4] The HT series was launched with the new Holden designed and built 308 cubic inch V8, and was the first Holden to be powered by this engine (the rest of the HT range got the 307 until the 308 was made available across the HT range in September 1969). The 308 was carried over to the HG Series Brougham.[5]

Throughout its production life the Ford Fairlane outsold it by a large margin. The Brougham was replaced by the long-wheelbase Statesman models in 1971, on the redesigned HQ platform.(6)
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What is not well known is the Brougham was to be called Premier Brougham. The Holden lineup was changed significantly for the HK release. It also signified the release of the first luxury utility in the Kingswood Utility.

The Premier sedan received an "executive roof line" to increase rear seat leg room. Manual transmission was standard for the first time on a Premier (Reduced cost option from EH) and so was bench seat (optional in HR). This was done as the Fairlane was being marketed against the Premier and Holden had to down grade the Premier to the base model Fairlane specifications (200 cubic inch engine, three speed manual and bench seat)

The Brougham was then aimed at the top of the line Fairlane, V8, auto, disc brakes, power steering and the split bench.

When the HT was released the the Kingswood/Belmont got new 1/4s, rear doors and front and rear screens (as the HK was said to look too much like the Falcon) but the Premier and Brougham kept their "coke bottle hip" and executive roof line. Brougham was upgraded to 308 and when buckets optioned a super luxury high back version was fitted.

In HG the trans was changed to trimatic and vinyl trim was optional over the brocade cloth trim. Even the door trims had the brocade removed when this option was taken.

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