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Random # 10: 1300 Beetle

VW Beetles, Type 3s, Karmann Ghias and Kombis make for fantastic classic cars.  Why?  Take the humble Beetle:  relatively inexpensive to buy, they're easy to work on, parts are readily available and everybody loves them!
This splendid example was spotted in North Hobart.  It was ostensibly standard, save its slightly wider wheels and the tasteful cloth seats seen in the last photo.



Random # 9: HQ Holden Premier

Following on from from Random # 8 (;postID=3949262646853759747;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=1;src=postname), which featured an HQ GTS Monaro, is this very tidy HQ Premier.

HQs, with a production run from 1971 to 1974, came in three specification levels: Belmont, Kingswood and Premier, with the latter being the top of the tree.

The range featured a sedan, station wagon, and coupe (always designated as a Monaro), as well as a utility (a ute, as they're known in Australia, but what Americans would call a pick-up), a van, and a cab-chassis.

There was also a slightly more up-market stretch-version called the Statesman in base and De Ville trims.

Choice of engines ran from six cylinder (173 and 202 cubic inch capacity) offerings to V8s (253 and 308) across the whole range, with some 350s available in the GTS Monaro.

To complicate things further, there was a performance version of the Belm…