Friday, August 16, 2013

Holden Hurricane - 1969


Founded in 1917, the "Company Holden's Motor Body Buiders" is an Australian company that manufactured the car bodies for some of which were adopted by the British brand Morris. In 1931, "Holden" merged with General Motors to devote himself exclusively to mounting U.S. and British cars for the Australian market. From 1948, "Holden" begins to produce its own cars but still strongly inspired models of GM. And his first creation baptized FX was actually a slightly modified 1938 Buick with a different engine adapted primarily for the Australian market ....

In 1969, Holden saw his first car "dream car" called " Holden Hurricane . " She had time for many innovations in multiple planes, design, technology, materials, electronics, but also some progress in the use of several electronic devices and also multiple safety systems. His beautiful body fiberglass was covered with a shade called experimental several layers of aluminum glitter. Are very futuristic design is really original and very unusual with the cockpit canopy which includes doors and side windows. This canopy was hydraulic control and synchronized with a vertical movement of the seats, allowing the installation of passengers in good conditions. Begun in 2006, the complete restoration of the very amazing and unusual Holden Hurricane was just recently completed. It will need thousands of hours using Holden designers and engineers. The end result will be presented in October at the rally Motorclassica Melbourne ....

The restoration of the futuristic Holden Hurricane was carried out in compliance with the history of the model, trying to preserve as much original parts, and the result is ultimately up to the effort. Born 42 years ago, this car very advanced for his time already contained technical solutions that can be found only in recent years in our cars every day, such as a rearview camera, a navigation system called "Pathfinder "the ancestor of the current GPS. The fiber body only 990mm high glass takes up the idea of ​​access to the cockpit with a canopy overhead, this innovation is still unique today. This sporty two-door coupe was the height of technology when it was presented to the public in 1969. Mounted engine and advanced equipment, this is a cut that has hit the headlines and the journalists of the time can be considered as utopian or crazy, it is certain that this concept was remarkably visionary. The Holden Hurricane had made ​​some brilliant ideas here more than 40 years, ideas now largely in series on our vehicles daily by almost all manufacturers ....

The incredible style and look of the pest Holden Hurricane have something to dream all lovers of beautiful GT. Its incredibly low line (less than a meter high) and slender, with voluptuous curves and a bow ending on lines stretched, admired a beautiful stroke of a pen that you might think straight from a transalpine pharmacies best design. Since the car is consumed in mass, there has always been a demand for high-performance models in very limited quantities, but the criteria and many different designs depending on the continents. Thus, the topographical differences gave us in the late sixties, sports antagonists such as Hurricane Holden is arguably one of the concept cars from the most futuristic of the late 60s. This is the fascination of the Yankee culture for the "Thirty Glorious Years" and promising opportunities in the U.S. market, which inspired the engineers at Holden, this machine also sulfur ....

On the very Vintage Classic Sports Coupe Holden Hurricane , only mechanical betrays the origins of the beast because Holden has installed an American V8. Hurricane, in French, is equipped with an experimental 4.2-liter V8 mid-engine (253ci) with a four-barrel carburetor, the end result being a power of 262 horsepower. This engine was the precursor to the Holden V8 program, which went into production in late 1969 and lasted for the next 30 years, until the Series II Commodore VT-released in 1999 is equipped with V8 Gen III-imported United States. But it is the airborne equipment that surprised most because remember, the Holden Hurricane in 1969. And yet, there is there air conditioning automatic temperature control, radio with automatic station search, a rear view camera, an electronic digital instrumentation and brace yourself, an ancestor of GPS! It was 42 years ago! ....

Specifications :

    Engine: V8
    Capacity: 4.2 Litres
    Power: 262 horsepower
    Torque: 350 Nm at 5500 t / mn
    Speed: 200 km / h


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