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Holden’s First Concept Car Restored

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The 1969 Holden Hurricane, the very concept car by the Australian brand, restored in five-year project.

This amazing concept car known as the tomorrow’s Holden, is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-seat sports car, featuring technologies that were way ahead of it time. The RD 001 was the first product of the GMH Research and Development organization.

To get a perspective of how ahead of its time, check this out: In 1969 this car had electronic digital instrument displays, station-seeking radio, automatic temperature control air conditioning, rear-vision camera and an automated route finder.

These are still considered as pretty high-tech stuff, especially the “Pathfinder” route guidance system and the rear-view camera, so you can imagine how mind-blowing they were 42 years ago!

The car had an experimental 4.2-liter (253-cubic-inch) V8 featuring a four-barrel carburettor and an output of approximately 262hp (193kW). Again, pretty good for the 60s.

The Holden Hurricane — restored over a period of five years by a team of very dedicated Holden designers and engineers volunteering thousands of hours of their time — will be on display to the public at the Motorclassica, car show at the Melbourne Royal Exhibition Building from October 21-23.

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