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Its holiday time here in Oz, so me and the wife and the bump have gone to the wifes aunts house in echuca, some 6hrs drive away. the place is awesome, and we had good weather the past 2 days but its bucketed down and thundered and lightninged all day today. anywho, monday involved going to the holden museum, something i've wanted to do since getting here to Oz. enjoy the pics and captions:

The museum owners pristine ute.

The car that started it all the 1948 holden 48-215.

Awesome EK panelvan. mini '57 Chevy?

HX Sandman Panelvan. a styling exercise that became reality, after people demanded it. try that now vauxhall? mmmmmmm...

Sectioned family 2 engine, built in australia, this is basically the old 2.0 8v, but these use different electrics, i.e no crank sensor, different dizzy etc. they also run an 8.8to1 comp ratio instead of 9.2to1.

Sectioned Buick/Holden 3.8V6. this engine was introduced from the U.S, as a replacement for the older straight sixes. it lasted 12 or so years in various updates, and its what powers my commodore. good on fuel and torquey.

This is australia's darling, the 308 Holden v8. made in various forms from 1967 to 2002. replaced by the Gen 3 engine from the U.S, which is a pig.:laugh:

This is an LJ Torana XU-1, its the size of a mk2 escort and has a 202c.i straight six with triple webers. it was Holdens RS2000. it won everything aswell...

The J-Car, in its Holden form. this, is actually the Oz mk2 cavalier. the one pictured is an SLi2000, basically our sri130. small fact, the mk2 cav estate was a wholly Holden desgn, which was shipped to the UK

The later C20NE engine, the 1 millionth family 2 engine built in Australia. pretty ain't she?

This was the main car i wanted to see. this is the ONLY Holden Nova. well kind of. this was to be the first Holden Barina, but Holdens tie-up with Suzuki meant that MK2 Swifts were a better idea. :shocked: this is actually a mock up, in full size. underneath its clay and wood. i asked and it is the only Nova here. not for long......

The 4 millionth Holden, a tasty two-tone Commodore. it used the Opel Rekord shell with the Opel Senator front end. but Holden hated the suspension so upgraded it all. and stuffed a 5.0 ltr V8 in... a legend was born. this one has 70km's on the clock....

Holden HX Monaro LS coupe, an end of production special, it used one off paint, trim and had Pontic GTO wheels. 70's kool!

The Grandaddy. the original Monaro, in 350 Chevrolet small block engined form.

the grandson. the first new shape Monaro. lovely color. matching leather too!

How far Holden have come. on the right the 1948 48-215, on the left the 2008 Commodore SS VZ not bad for 70 years?

Hope you all like them, feel free to ask questions.

Rob
 

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also feel free to play spot the pom..... :d
 

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that will be the fact its hosted on photofukkit mr hogg. ;)
 

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Makes me a bit sad that they are all parked there, would be much nicer if some one was sat revving them all up.
 

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This is a Corsa site GTFO
 

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Good day out.

Can't help comparing the original Monaro to the blandness of the modern version and knowing which one I prefer.

I soptted the Pom - he's in the first picture looking out of the window. Ugly bugger though.
 

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I like the fact that some of the 70's era cars are very American muscle. Also, that Nova being clay and wood underneath is really hard to accept.
 

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Makes me a bit sad that they are all parked there, would be much nicer if some one was sat revving them all up.
they do move them around weekly, and most are owned by private individuals, they also totally change the setup every 3 years.
Good day out.

Can't help comparing the original Monaro to the blandness of the modern version and knowing which one I prefer.

I soptted the Pom - he's in the first picture looking out of the window. Ugly bugger though.
tbh the modern one is a very capable car, even if it is an omega chopped up a bit. the original is very beautiful, macho but stylish. have a look at 60's opel coupes....
That "EK panelvan" reminds me a bit of the Vauxhall Victor. Except its not a van.
the same guy designed them, aswell as an ex chevrolet engineer iirc
I like the fact that some of the 70's era cars are very American muscle. Also, that Nova being clay and wood underneath is really hard to accept.
yeah, holdens 70's design team was made up of ex chev and caddilac engineers, and thier ceo was a u.s gm man. i thought the same about the nova, its nice to know its there but sad that its not "real". the museum curator did say there was a driving one brought across, which holden themselves used for evalutaion, but it was crushed 10 or so years back. bringing a gte over when we have the money is going to happen, i seriously miss and need one in my life. addict much?:laugh:
 

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Righto, after talking to the guy next door to my aunt-in-law, he suggested we take a look here. its one guys private collection turned museum. the owners well into his 70's but is still buying and restoring old cars, mainly 30-50's fords.
not everyones cuppa tea but worth a look.

1932 ford model a roadster special

cant remember what this was. old i think...:laugh:

1939 ford mercury straight 8 sedan.

1964 chevy impala canadian import.

another ford sedan

1948 ford 2dr coupe

1938ish morris 8

1928 chev 4 cylinder

1934 ford v8 coupe

1932 ford deuce cabrio

chev impala, bought for $400....

later chev, bought for $250 because the owner couldnt park it in melbourne...

1 of 5 ford utes the guy owns.

chev convertible. bought from hawaii for $750 10 years ago.

1934 ford 4cyl roadster. he has been offered $35,000 for this car, as is, unseen. just imagine when your in your 70's and corsa gsi's are worth that. :laugh:
and these beauties are awaiting restoration....



hope you enjoy. taken with a d60slr, and tamrom 18-200, no flash. very dark shed....
 

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visit museums or collect rare/expensive cars?
 

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indeed. rhd old skoolers rule.
 
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