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1 May 2019

French Government releases 1970 Kingswood ute from impound after threatening to crush it

By Iain KellyIain Kelly
  • Travis McKimmie's 1970 Kingswood Ute. Travis McKimmie's 1970 Kingswood Ute.
  • Travis McKimmie's 1970 Kingswood Ute. Travis McKimmie's 1970 Kingswood Ute.
  • Travis McKimmie's 1970 Kingswood Ute. Travis McKimmie's 1970 Kingswood Ute.
  • Travis McKimmie's 1970 Kingswood Ute. Travis McKimmie's 1970 Kingswood Ute.
  • Travis McKimmie's 1970 Kingswood Ute. Travis McKimmie's 1970 Kingswood Ute.

Travis McKimmie is one lucky bloke. After having his beloved 1970 HG Holden ute impounded by French customs nearly 12 months ago, the ex-pat Aussie and UK resident has just had the rare pale yellow six-pot released back into his care.

Originally built in New Zealand the two door commercial was exported to The Netherlands, where it ended up in storage for donkey's years before Tim found out about it and purchased the Aussie classic via a Dutch mate. It was trailering the HG home where the story went sideways.

Too save costs first series HK, HT and HG Kingswood utes were built on station wagon platforms, which left spare voids under the tray that were originally footwells for rear seat passengers. French authorities believed these areas could be used to smuggle drugs, and impounded the car in 2018 with the intention to destroy it.

After a year-long battle to save his rare bird, Tim recently scored an email out of the blue from French customs to tell him to come get his ute! Needless to say he didn't need to be asked twice and picked it up immediately.

Have you ever fought the law for your car? Tell us in the comments.