Holden a time-warp classic
DID you know The HD Premier was the first Holden to be offered with disc brakes all-round as standard?
Have you ever heard the expression “time warp” applied to a classic car?
It's a wonderful term that suggests the vehicle is in exactly the same condition as when it first hit the showroom floor.
For a trip back to 1965, you need look no further than Alan Kenzler's sublime HD Premier Sedan.
This time warp Holden still features its original white over green paintwork and Morrokide interior trim, that genuinely looks as good as it must have done more than 45 years ago.
Alan is the perfect example of a true Aussie car enthusiast, who generously and knowledgeably talked me through his compelling life with cars, and his current collection featuring a 1955 FJ Utility, 1957 FE Special sedan and this gleaming HD Premier.
All three of these classics have been maintained to a phenomenal standard and thanks to Alan and wife Anne, who regularly travel to car shows, their trophy cabinets are packed to overflowing.
“I always drive my cars to the shows as I believe they're there to be enjoyed and not trailered,” Alan said.
“I'm a member of the Combined Coastal Car Club, and make sure the cars get good use on club runs and trips to shows.”
Alan bought his '65 HD Premier in 1995 after it came up for auction in Gympie. It had been passed in after not meeting its reserve, but the owner eventually told Alan she'd like him to have it as she knew he'd be the type to really look after it.
A deal was struck, and before long Alan had the low-kilometre HD cleaned up and ready for shows.
“At the HD & HR Nationals in Goondiwindi a few years ago I entered it in the Unrestored Class,” he said.
“It won this and also Grand Champion that year. It won first in class the following year at Mudgee and again last year in Shepparton.”
Throughout its life this HD Premier has led a pampered existence, loved and garaged for the duration of its 46 years by Alan and its previous owner.
The result is a car that is practically flawless, with a body completely without rust and sporting lovely polished chrome touches that make cars of this vintage so attractive.
For a true time warp experience, you have to peek inside, however.
“The car has never had owners with young children, so the back seats have practically never been used,” Alan said.
The front seats are perfect, with their tan colour working very well with the light green colour-coded dashboard for the trip back to true sixties style.
Under the bonnet resides Holden's legendary Red motor, and much like the rest of the car, barely looks like it's ever been run thanks to Alan's remarkable care and attention.
From the original licence plates through to its period rear window blinds, this HD Premier is the epitome of Australian motoring from its golden era.
Owner: Alan and Anne Kenzler, Cooroy.
Model: 1965 Holden HD Premier Sedan.
Details: Four-door rear-wheel drive sedan produced between February 1965 and April 1966.
Number produced: 178,927 (HD models in total).
Engine: 179 cu in (2.9-litre) Red in-line six-cylinder producing 115bhp.
Transmission: Three-speed manual column shift, with no synchro on first.
Value today: $10,000-$30,000.
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