At the end of World War II, Australia had a problem—an acute shortage of cars and a newly civilianized army with money to burn. Loaded with government handouts, General Motors-Holden came up with a four-door, six-cylinder, six-seater that would become an Australian legend on wheels.
Since swaggering onto the scene at the Australian International Motor Show in 2005, muscles rippling, the Holden EFIJY concept car has travelled the world attracting admirers eveywhere. This wildly exaggerated tribute to the 1953 Holden FJ — and American bathtub styling of the same era — is a spectacular beauty and no doubt the occasional tear has trickled because this fabulous machine will never go into production.
Typically forthright, the Australian Holden car company announced the Holden Hurricane of 1969 as ‘Tomorrow’s Holden’. It was the new Research and Development team’s first creation, and it was conceived to show off and demonstrate the ‘design trends, propulsion systems and other long range developments’ of which Australia itself was capable.
This is the car with enough muscle to be elected Governor of, say, California. It’s the limited edition of the Australian Holden Monaro VXR, with its 6 litre V8 engine supercharged by a snarling Harrap blower, and put together under the supervision of the specialist tuner Wortec and the loving hand of Greens of Kent.
Which is longer — an Australian novel or the name of the Holden HSV E Series Maloo R8? Don’t answer that — simply sit back and admire the classiest ute (pickup truck to you) ever built. As the official name is a mouthful, it shall hereinafter be referred to simply as the Maloo R8.