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Holden Huricane

Never (Initially 1969)
Mid-Mounted V8
253ci (4.146 litres)
4 speed manual
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Number Built:
1 prototype
5 star
Holden Huricane
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 5


In the late 1960's Holden were at the forefront of experimental car design. Most know of the wonderful GTR-X, but only a handful will truly remember the Hurricane. Unlike the GTR-X, the Hurricane was never really intended to make it into production.

Rather, Holden described it as an experimental research vehicle, allowing them "‘to study design trends, propulsion systems and other long range developments".

Revealed in May 1969, the wedge-shaped, mid-engined V8 Holden Hurricane was quite unlike other modern show cars of the era, which tended to reveal more of what the manufacturer would be releasing with the next incarnation of a particular model.

Instead the Hurricane was always a developmental concept, a dream car with no serious intention of it ever becoming a reality.

Like the GTR-X, the Hurricane was developed as a two-passenger vehicle, and boasted an arsenal of (for the time) advanced technology. Before you scoff at list of features the Hurricane featured, try to remember the year was 1969!

Few had even heard or understood what electronic digital instrument displays were, nor what an auto-seek feature was on the car radio.

How about "Comfortron" automatic temperature control air-conditioning and a Pathfinder automatic route indicator. Rear vision was provided by a CCTV screen in the console, connected to a wide-angle lens camera activated by the ignition.

Code named RD 001, the Hurricane was the first product of the GMH Research and Development section. This highly skilled team (but small in number) team worked in conjunction with the Advanced Styling Group at the Fishermans Bend Technical Centre.

The Hurricane stood just 990mm high, and did not have conventional doors - instead an electro-mechanically powered canopy swung forward over the front wheels, combining with twin ‘astronaut type' power elevator seats which rose up and pivoted forward, along with the steering column, for ease of access. Occupants were lowered to a semi-reclining position and the roof closed over.

The car could not be started until the canopy was locked down, the seats fully lowered, the driver's fully retractacted, and the auto-lock seat belt secured. Among other safety innovations were a foam-lined fuel tank, integral headrests, digital readouts, interior padding and a fire warning system.

The wind tunnel-tested fibreglass body was finished in an experimental aluminium flake-based metallic orange paint and mounted on a steel box section perimeter frame with rubber insulated mountings. Under the Hurricane's pivoting engine hood, set forward of the rear axle, was an experimental 253 cubic inch Holden-designed and built V8 with a four-barrel carburettor.

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Posted 1856 days ago
An awesome it was, it's a shame they weren't produced. I believe the hurrican is on display at the holden museum at fishermans bend!
Posted 2078 days ago
The 253 in the Hurricane was said to produce 260BHP. More than a standard 308 (240BHP).
big pete
Posted 2152 days ago
i knew about the hurricane from when i was a school kid even then you had to to wonder what holdens would of morthed into but this was think about it 40 years ago i own a custom ej holden van only built about 6 ish years before hand and was very basic .
Posted 2554 days ago
I stumbled onto this while looking for info on the VZ Monaro, and am I glad i did. I remember checking out the Hurricane as a young teenager at the Melbourne Car Show and I thought that it was the most awesome looking sports machine ever - and I was and still am a huge Ferrari fan. If you were lucky enough to see it in the flesh, then you were one of the lucky few - you would never forget it. And your article is true enough - climate control, cctv etc..in those days it was unheard of!
Posted 2583 days ago
Pretty bloody sweet, for all we know if this went into production aussie cars could resemble lamborghinis right now!
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