Holden HR Premier 1966 survivor - today's tempter

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

Family sedan claims to be original inside and out

Holden HR Premier 1966 survivor - today's tempter
Survivor HD Premier is a rare find.

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For Holden collectors, the combination of the words 'original' and 'Premier' is a powerful one, particularly when it's associated with a car that's now over 50 years old.

Holden's HR series replaced the relatively short-lived HD and was produced from April 1966 through to 1968. Changes from the previous model included styling and improvements to the chassis.

You could get a sedan, station wagon, panel van and utility, with the passenger cars offered in three levels of trim. Premier was the top of the range.

A suprisingly long list (four) of straight six engine options was used, from 161ci (2.6lt) through to 186ci (3.0lt). Transmission choices were a three-speed manual or two-speed Powerglide automatic.

The model was a success, with some 250,000 being produced at a time when a basic sedan would cost around $2300 and a Premier as much as $500 more.

Located in Tasmania, the example shown here has the big 186 with a manual and claims to be a time capsule with original paint and interior. The owner is asking $45,000.

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