1969 Holden Hurricane
The Holden Hurricane was a two seat concept car built by Holden in 1969. The Hurricane was one of the most advanced vehicles for its time, with Holden describing it as a research vehicle, allowing them 'to study design trends, propulsion systems and other long range developments'.
The Hurricane did not feature conventional doors; instead, a hydraulically powered canopy swung forwards over the front wheels and the seats rose up and titled forward. Other features included Pathfinder, an early style of GPS, which acted in conjunction with magnetic signals built into the road to guide the driver. It also contained digital instrument displays, automatic temperature control air conditioning called Comfortron, an auto-seek radio function and a rear-view camera, which consisted of a wide-angle camera in the rear bumper connected to a television screen in the centre console.
Recently the car underwent a five year restoration by a dedicated team of Holden engineers and designers in their spare time. The result of all their hard work is stunning. And hard to believe it's now 47 years old.