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model followed the EJ HOLDEN model and
was before the HR HOLDEN model.
launch of the HD HOLDEN
in the Summer month of February 1965.
HAPPENINGS THE MONTH OF THE LAUNCH February
1965: The U.S.A,
under recently elected President Lyndon Johnstone, steps up
the war in Vietnam with bombings on North Vietnam and on Viet
Cong troops in the south: Gambia achieves independence:
Tributes and commemorative events continue to mark the passing
of Sir Winston Churchill (who died on January 24th): Singer
Nat King Cole and actor Stan Laurel die: Beatles drummer Ringo
Starr marries Maureen Cox; The royal Australian Mint opens in
Canberra and produces the first Australian made decimal coins:
US activist Malcolm X is shot dead.
WERE LISTENING TO THE RADIO TO THE TUNES OF: Under
the Boardwalk (Rolling Stones); Ferry 'cross the Mersey (Gerry
and the pacemakers); You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
(Righteous Brothers); Go Now (The Moody Blues); I'll Never
Find Another You (The Seekers).
THE PICTURE SHOWS (MOVIES) WE WATCHED THESE PICTURES: The
Pink Panther (Peter Sellers); Flaming Star (Elivs Presley);
It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Milton Berle, Sid Ceasar) Becket
(Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton); The Endless Summer (surfing
documentary by Bruce Brown).
ON IN THE AUTOMOTIVE WORLD: The
Prince Gloria becomes the first 6 cylinder Japanese car to be
sold in Australia; Alfa Romeo announces that it will return to
motor racing for the 1965 season; Honda releases the S600
sports car in Australia.
New including sales tax; £1160
in the old money. $2320 for a (Standard
4597mm; Wheelbase; 2692mm; Width; 1788mm
All new body
with horizontal slatted grille split by vertical bar
bearing the Holden badge: protruding front quarter
panels extend past the headlights and merge with front
178,927 By Numbers HERE
2.45 litre 149c.i " in line" 6 cylinder a
2.95 litre 179c.i version and a 2.95 litre 179c.i 'X2'
Three speed Manual gearbox (Three on the Tree),
and two speed Powerglide automatic transmission.
Standard Sedan, Special Sedan, Premier Sedan, Standard
Station Wagon, Special Station Wagon, Premier Station
Wagon, Panel Van and Utility.
HD had a completely new body, making it wider and longer
than previous model Holdens. Engineered entirely in
Australia, the new model offered substantial increases in
passenger and load space. Equipment levels were higher and
self adjusting brakes were fitted. Furthermore, Disc Brakes
were offered as a factory fitted option for the first time.
in later years the HD would be least favourably remembered
Holden, the early demand for the HD modal was exceptionally
high. During the first few months on sale the HD actually
outstripped the those of the record breaking EH
most interesting mechanical feature was the more powerful
'X2' engine. Available as an option for all models, it
developed 105 kw up (19kw) on the standard engine, this is
by virtue of twin carburettors, a modified camshaft, new
manifolds and a low restriction exhaust system. On the
transmission front, the Hydramatic three speed transmission
was replaces with another American gearbox the 'Powerglide'
2 speed Automatic transmission.
the choice of three engines, two gearboxes an expanded
options list (Which included the latest in fashion the
'Vinyl Roof', the HD gave the Holden buyer the greatest
choice yet. Unfortunately, the new model's early promise was
not realised. A downturn in the market was compounded by a
general cooling of public affection for the relatively
avant-garde appearance of the HD model.
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