With Australia’s Motorclassica auto show in Melbourne happening October 21-23, Holden decided to go back to its roots show off a special concept car that’s just as special today as it was in 1969. The Holden Hurricane Concept was not only Holden’s first-ever concept car, but it was one of the pioneers in experimenting with navigation systems, a rear-view camera, automatic air-conditioning and station-seeking radio. That’s some pretty forward thinking for the time.
Despite the refurbished Hurricane being reintroduced now, Holden’s design team started their restoration project back in 2006, going by the code name RD 001. The car itself is fully capable of driving, thanks to a mid-mounted 4.2-liter V8 engine producing 262 horsepower — which was fantastic 42 years ago.
While many of the concepts featured in the Hurricane have come to fruition today, we’re still waiting on the whole retractable roof thing to catch on. For more on the Hurricane and its brilliant aluminum-flake-based metallic orange paint, have a look at the video below.