1983 Holden WFR Shuttle - Reader Ride

By: Matt Filseli

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We caught up with Matt Filseli and his rare '83 Holden WFR Shuttle at the recent All Japan Day in Adelaide

"This rare Holden Shuttle had been unregistered for 10 years when I bought it, but hadn’t been driven in about 20 years, so it’s a genuine barn find. Isuzu only sent 250 of the Shuttle LS over to Australia; they were just too expensive, so I guess nobody really bought them; they were replaced by the Shuttle LT which wasn’t as nice inside.


"The LS was really highly specced with dual aircon, dual heating, nine seats and cloth trim throughout. Every row folds down and you can make a full-sized double bed out of them. It uses a 1.8 litre 4ZB1 motor which is related to the 2.0 turbo Piazza motor and is backed by a five-on-the-tree transmission. It’s a weird but interesting van; for instance, the driver’s side has a switch to electrically control the passenger side power window. That sounds pretty normal until you realise the driver still gets a crank-action, wind-up window!


"It’s really warm today and I’ve got my kids Cooper and Layla with me, so we might scoot off as soon as we can. Even though we’ve got two aircons, we’ve got no aircon!"



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