Book Of Fifty Years Of Holden Wagons - 2014 VF Calais Sportwagon Vs 1964 EH Special Wagon In Us

the Humble Station Wagon Has Been A Cornerstone Of Australian Family Transport For Over Half A Century, But Since Ford Stopped Production Of The Falcon Wagon Back In 2010 Your Only Option For A Locally Made Sedan Based Hauler Has Been This Car The Holden Sport Wagon, But Sadly Production Of This Too Is Due To Cease In A Few Years Time. So, We Thought It Was The Perfect Opportunity To Wind The Clock Back 50 Years And Take A Look At A Car That's Both Iconic And Important For Australian History The Eh Holden Now This Car Is Exactly 50 Years Old And In 1964 Australia Was A Very Different Place Our Population Was Roughly Half What It Is Now At About 11 Million We Were Still Two Years Away From Decimal Currency The Beatles Were Visited, But Most Importantly Eddie McGuire Was Born The A H Holden Was Australia's Best-selling Car Was Offered In Three Trim Levels The Standard The Mid Spec Special Like Our One And The Top-line Premier Which Had Such Luxury Items As Leather Seats There Were Two Six-cylinder Engine Options A 149 Cubic Inch Motor And The Big 179 Producing 85 Kilowatts Of Power The Car Was Designed In And For Australia Even The Color Palette Representing Our Nation As This One Is Gundagai Gray Let's Go For Drive The First Thing You May Notice About The Eh Is That.

I'm Not Wearing A Seat Belt In Fact There Are No Seat Belts There's No Air Bags There's No Headrests There's No Blind Spot Detection There's No Automatic Braking In Fact You Actually Have To Drive This Car And Pay Attention While Doing. So, Now The Engine Feels Pretty Good We're Doing 40 Miles An Hour Here At The Moment And We Feel Like We've Got Enough Power The Cars Light And Floating, But It Doesn't Feel Dangerous Or Upsetting The Thing Is You're Not Tempted To Push This Car You Don't Want To Feel Like You're Going To Throw It Into Corners We'll Have To Accelerate And Brake As Hard As You Can It's Just A Lovely Car To Drive Now This Would Have Been Pretty Standard Australian Transport Back In The 60s And 70s And. I'll Tell You What It Kind Of Puts The Fun Back Into Motoring It's It's Where The Journey Was What It Was All About Rather Than The Destination And.

I Can Tell You What It's A Pretty Fun Place To Be There Would Have Been Lots Of Games Of ISpy And Children Fighting In The Back, But No Headrests Means You Can Whip Around Quickly And Give Them A Slap. So, While Visiting The Past Is Undeniably Cool Why Don't We Take A Step Into The Future Well Immediately The Calais Shows You Just How Far We Have Come In Sense Of Noise And Comfort And Quietness Of The Car. I Feel Like This Is A Cocoon Compared To The Eh Now Inside There's Pretty Much Everything You Could Want Touchscreen Heads-up Safety Equipment Everything You Really Need Including A Six Liter V8 Engine Up The Front That's Three Times The Power Of The EH The Car Probably Weighs Twice As Much As The EH As Well, But You Know What You Don't Really Notice It And Certainly Again On Long Touring.

I Weigh Miles This Is A Very Very Comfortable And Rewarding Place To Be Even With The V8. I'm Pretty Sure Our Fuel Economy Wouldn't Be That Much Different To The EH Either Although Back In 1964 Think Fuel Was Possibly A Bit Cheaper Now. I'm Sure There's A Great Deal Of Fond Australian Memories That Come From The Back Of A Wagon.

I For One Remember A Particular Duck Egg Blue VH Vacationer On A Melbourne To Sydney Road Trip Long Before There Was The Hume Freeway And While We Have Made Huge Steps Forward In Terms Of Safety Performance And Economy As Shown Here By The VF Calais There's Still Some Areas Where The Old Guide Does It Better In Fact There's More Room In The Back Of The EH Than There Is In The VF With The Seats Up Slightly Different Story With The Seats Down, But Rather Than Measuring Everything With Litres Is, If You're Going To Fill It Up With Water In The 1964 Eh Holden Brochure You Were Told You Had Six Foot 10 Inches Of Sleeping Space In The Back When Local Production Of The Holden Commodore Ends In 2017 The VF Sport Wagon Will Be The Last Wagon To Be Produced In Australia To Make This Really Hit Home You Have To Say It To Yourself The VF Commodore Will Be The Last Ever Ozzie Built Wagon Now That Is A Sad Thing It's A Fantastic Car, But It Is A World-class Product. So, Ending The Heritage Of Australian Built Wagons And The Wonderful Memories That Wagons Provide With The VF Commodore We Are Absolutely Going Out On A High Note You.

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