When thinking of Holden, probably the last thing that comes to mind is a late 60’s wedge. Despite this, the Aussie commercial vehicle manufacturer stunned the world, showing European manufacturers they were a force to be reckoned with at the 1969 Melbourne Motor Show, unveiling the Holden Hurricane.
Conceived as a design exercise looking into future technology and automotive trends, the Hurricane was possibly the worlds most advanced car in its day, pioneering technology taken for granted today such as a digital display, an auto seeking radio, automatic air-conditioning, inertia-reel seatbelts, adjustable pedals, a reversing camera and a primitive GPS system guided by magnets built into the road. The futuristic Hurricane was topped off with a hydraulically powered vertical lifting canopy and seats which rose out of the car to meet the driver.
Unlike many concepts, the Hurricane actually ran. Powered by Holden’s 4.2L V8 block mounted midship under the Hurricane’s clamshell engine cover, the sleek fibreglass body combined with 260hp let the Hurricane sprint from 0-60 in just 5.9 seconds, a second quicker than a Ferrari Dino GT.
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