Holden: Hurricane whirls back

Holden's Hurricane. Photo / Supplied
Holden's Hurricane. Photo / Supplied

The Hurricane was way ahead of its time when it appeared 42 years ago.

Holden has gone back to the future, restoring its first concept car, the 1969 Holden Hurricane.

Described as an experiment to study long-range developments, it has been restored to its former glory as a labour of love by a dedicated group of Holden designers and engineers.

Code-named RD 001, the Hurricane is a mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive, two-seater sports car which incorporates a remarkable array of features that were way ahead of their time, including digital instrument displays, station-seeking radio, automatic temperature control air-conditioning, rear vision camera and an automated route finder.

That was 42 years ago and many of these technologies have only recently made their way into mass production.

The Hurricane re-emerged last week at the classic car show Motorclassica in Melbourne.

- NZ Herald

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