Holden HR Premier on the block

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

HR premier 1702 1967 Holden HR Premier HR premier 1702
HR premier 1702 engine 1967 Holden HR Premier HR premier 1702 engine
HR premier 1702 interior 1967 Holden HR Premier HR premier 1702 interior

Restored 1967 Prem with all the accessories

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Holden's HR may have had a similar profile to its predecessor the HD, but in fact it was a fairly comprehensive make-over with adjustments to pretty much every panel, rear lights and the rear glass.

Built from 1966 to the beginning of 1968, it also featured a wider track and revised front suspension, giving it significantly better road manners.

The six-cylinder engines also came in for attention, with the release of the 161ci (2.6lt) and 186 (3.0lt) versions of the red motor.

Three and four-speed manual transmissions were offered, along with a two-speed Powerglide auto.

You could wander down to the local dealer and order a sedan in various states of trim (with Premier at the top of the tree), station wagon, van and utility.

While you were there, you would also be encouraged to accessorise the car and make it your own. Nasco was the dominant aftermarket supplier back in the day and the car you see here is bristling with its product, including the windscreen visor, side stripes and front window weather shields.

In fact, this is one of the nicest HRs we've seen in a long time. It's running the 186 with three-on-the-tree and has clearly had a lot of restoration work done.

It's on the block at Shannons in Melbourne tomorrow night (the first auction at the new HQ) and the guide price range is $32-36k. That may seem a solid number, but is probably still less than it would cost to restore one to this standard.

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