3 Reasons I'm a Holden Girl
Updated: Oct 15, 2019
When I mapped out this blog, originally it was going to be 10 top cars everyone should have in their garage - from my Dad's point of view. As with most of my best intentions I got very distracted about 3.5 seconds into the research process. As a result I've now come to realise the internet does not need another top ten list from an old white guy (no offense Dad- still love you!). With that being said; here it is, with no particular order, rhyme or reason - other than I simply like em.
1. 1969 LC HOLDEN TORANA
Don't get me wrong, absolutely any Torana is worth owning. But for me (and I might be slightly biased due to the fact that this was my first ever classic), the LC is the only one worth rubber necking for. The LC was Holden's first big move away from the Vauxhall HB; not only did the LC come larger and faster, but this was the first model that just looked good. With the iconic nose "squiggle" and the sleek curve on the front guards, this is what fast looked and felt like. Production on the two and four door sedans ran from 1969 until 1972. Back in its day you'd have paid somewhere around $3,000-$4,000 mark depending on options. You'll spend between $20,000-$30,000 on a complete one today, but man it's so worth it.
2. 1974 HJ SANDMAN PANEL VAN
With its classic vinyl decals and bold summer colours, there is no car more 70's than the HJ
Sandman. Manufactured from 1974-1976; over two decades after the first panel van, Australia dealerships were suddenly unable to keep up with this beast on the floor. Partly due to Holden's ingenious marketing, they were selling more than another car - they were selling a lifestyle. This vehicle was built for the everyday Aussie bloke, easily replace the weekday tools for the "skis, surfboards, birds or whatever". Back in the day you'd fork out around $5,000-$6,000 (again, depending on the extras), which again Holden really played up; "You can take it right off the showroom floor - lean, lithe and ready to go. Or you can pick and choose options galore to give your Sandman all the personality a guy could want." Today you would be lucky to walk away with change from $80,000 - but be warned, die hard collectors advise its very easy to be misled into thinking you're buying a HJ. The original HJ Sandman vans have an XX7 or XU3 stamped on the body ID plate and H1-H4 VIN code. Vehicles with an 8WN80 or 8WN70 ID plate were built after September 1975, and whilst they may look the goods, they are actually a Kingswood rather than a Sandman. In my humble (and always right) opinion, I couldn't care less if its a genuine Sandman or Kingswood - as long as it's canary yellow with those brown vintage decals.
3. 1968 HK MONARO
Finally the car to bring us into the winners circle at the Bathurst 500 in 1968. Being the first of its kind means naturally it had a few kinks and quirks to be worked out, hence the very quick release of the HT in June 1969.
Fast forward five decades later and no one could have imagined that the most sought-after Monaro would be the HK (might have something to do with the fact that production ran for just 11 months!). Due to the excessive contradictory information on this particular model I decided to go to the best source of knowledge on all things Holden - the very man I threw over for this blog. According to Dad the the HK only ever ran a Chevy 308 engine because the 253 wasn't ready (the 253 came out in the HT only!). Brand spanking new, these beauties set a fellow (or gal) back between $5,800-$6,500 - today you better hope your investments have been solid because you're looking at around $250,000!!