The Holden HR is an automobile that was produced by Holden in Australia from 1966 to 1968.

Introduction

The Holden HR range was released in April 1966, replacing the Holden HD series which had been in production since 1965.[2] In addition to a revised grille, the HR featured a reworked roofline and larger rear window (on the sedans), revised rear lights (on sedans and wagons) and changes to almost all exterior body panels.[3] Other changes included revised ball joint front suspension,[4] widened track, improved interior trim and woodgrain interior finish for the Premier models.[3] Six months after the launch of the HR, all models were given a safety upgrade with the addition of front safety belts, windscreen washers, reversing lights, padded sun visors and a shatterproof interior rearview mirror.[3]

Model range

The Holden HR passenger vehicle range offered four-door sedan and five-door station wagon body styles in three trim levels with the six models marketed as follows:

  • Holden Standard Sedan[5]             (HR 215)[6]
  • Holden Standard Station Sedan[5] (HR 219)
  • Holden Special Sedan[5]               (HR 225)
  • Holden Special Station Sedan[5]   (HR 229)
  • Holden Premier Sedan[5]               (HR 235)
  • Holden Premier Station Sedan[5]   (HR 239)

The HR commercial vehicle range was offered in two-door coupe utility and two-door panel van variants, marketed as follows:

  • Holden Utility[7]         (HR 2106)[6]
  • Holden Panel Van[7] (HR 2104)

Engines and transmissions

The two versions of the inline six cylinder Holden Red motor were carried across from the HD series, both with increased engine capacity and a higher compression ratio [3] (9.2:1).[6] The 114 bhp 161 cu in (2.6 L) six was standard in all models except the Premiers.[5][7] A 126 bhp 186 cu in (3.0 L) six was standard on Premiers and optional on all other models.[5][7] The 145 bhp twin carburettor "X2" version of the "186" was initially available as an option on all models.[5][7] The "X2" was replaced by the 145 bhp "186S" in June 1967, the new version fitted with a single two barrel carburettor.[3]

A lower compression (8.2:1) version of the 161 cu in (2.6 L) six was also available.[6]

The 194 cu in (3.2 L) and 230 cu in (3.8 L) Chevrolet six-cylinder engine was fitted for the South African market.[1] This began partway through the HR's existence, with the 194 introduced for the 1967 model year.[8] The Premier Automatic sold in South Africa retained the Australian engine, at least until 1969. The South African Holden Special had power disc brakes in front as standard from 1967.[9]

A three-speed manual gearbox with column change was standard on the HR with a two speed "Powerglide" automatic transmission available as an option.[10] An Opel[10] four-speed manual gearbox was offered from June 1967.[11]

Production and replacement

A total of 252,352 vehicles was produced up to January 1968 when the HR was replaced by the Holden HK series.[12]
The price at release was A$2286 for the 161 cu in (2.6 L) Special Sedan manual and A$2856 for the Premier Station Sedan manual.[6]

Body ID Plate Decoder

HR Holden Australian Body Plate example

BODY HR225MR - 25434M
TRIM 510 - E44
PAINT 585 - 9562
INSERT 120
TOP
BODY Expand for body code details
Body type 215 Standard Sedan 225 Special Sedan 235 Premier Sedan
219 Standard Station Sedan 229 Special Station Sedan 239 Premier Station Sedan
2106 Utility 2104 Panel Van
Trans M Manual A Automatic Manufacturing Plant
Driver side R Right Hand Drive A Adelaide
B Brisbane
Build # 25434 This is the 25,434th Car Produced from the Plant M Melbourne
Built @ M Manufacturing Plant (M = Melbourne) S Sydney
PAINT Expand for paint code details
PAINT This is the base colour, on two tone cars it is the lower colour.
585 Solid Colour 587 Metallic Colour
9562 Paint Number (See below for codes)
TOP TOP This is the top colour on two tone cars.
Colour Code Colour Name Colour Code Colour Name Colour Code Colour Name
178 Crocus Cream 6904 Spinner Grey 8592 Kurrewa Blue
104 Brigade Red 6905 Calais Blue 8688 Jervois Cream
240 Garrison Grey 6906 Valsand Fawn 8689 Glen Helen Green
583 Holden Engine Red 6914 Reynella Maroon 8692 Sea Mist Jade Met
1703 Savonnah Bronze Met 6946 Geneva Blue 8695 Oasis Green Met
1704 Silver Mink Met 6947 Arno Green 8696 Pyrenees Blue Met
3675 Satin Silver Met 6950 Arklow Aqua 8698 Tarana Turquoise
4706 Minerva Blue 6951 Emden Fawn 8699 Gascoyne Green
4951 Tully Blue 6952 Cardinal Grey 8702 Clinton Sand
5061 Potters Ivory 7111 Sceptre Blue Met 8703 Sandown Fawn
5084 Fowlers Ivory 7112 Diana Aqua Met 8754 Landale Gold Met
5091 Windorah Beige 7113 Caberet Green Met 8771 Mullato Bronze Met
5093 Winton Red 7114 Pitcairn Fawn Met 8773 Dante Red
5156 Sorrel Tan 7115 Gossamer Grey Met 8774 Dover Blue
5384 Royal Umber 7142 Contessa lue Met 8775 Dawson Aqua
6382 Off White 7143 Florentine Green Met 8776 Opera Green
6664 Corinth Blue 7144 Salient Grey Met 8777 Copra Fawn
6719 Merredin Green Met 7909 Tawny Grey Met 8778 Suva Tan
6812 Ardona Met Blue 8328 Alcazar Brown Met 8816 Pompadour Blue Met
6818 Egmont Maroon Met 8329 Chinook Fawn Met 8929 Holden Engine Red X2
6824 Kembla Grey 8330 Corral Tan Met 8954 Regal Maroon Met
6826 Lismore Grey 8331 Pablo Fawn Met 9562 Grecian White
6833 Narrogin Green 8332 Beaucaire Blue Met 9713 Marlin Turquoise
6847 Seaton Green 8333 Celeste Blue Met 9856 Welland Red
6875 Apollo Turquoise 8334 Etruscan Brown Met 9857 Woodsman Green
6893 Corroboree Red 8335 Cortez Red 9858 Coast Ivory
6894 Hannans Gold 8336 Casbah Red 10099 Burgundy Met
6895 Balmain Beige 8388 Cocos Fawn Met 10317 Cordovan
6898 Taralga Fawn 8566 Finisterre Green 10319 Champagne
6901 Bullfinch Green 8568 Pemberton Grey 10367 Holden Engine Grey
6902 Ballet Green 8569 Sultan Red
6903 Alaskan Aqua 8591 Lurline Blue
TRIM Expand for Trim code details
510 Combination number - GMH Colour Code
E78 Interior trim combination number (See below for codes)
E43 Mephisto Red E61 Dover and Calais Blue E67 Bone
E44 Dover Blue E62 Dawson and Alaskan Aqua E68 Black
E45 Opera Green E63 Opera and Ballet Green E69 Astoria Red
E46 Copra dawn E64 Copra and Vasland Fawn E70 Samoan Tan
E49 Mephisto Red E73 Mephisto Red E71 Bone
E50 Dover Blue E74 Dover Blue E72 Black
E51 Opera Green E75 Opera Green
E52 Copra Dawn E76 Copra Fawn F40 Goya Red
E55 Dante and Mephisto Red E78 Mephisto Red F41 Paloma Blue
E56 Dover and Calais Blue E79 Dover Blue F42 Honey Fawn
E57 Dawson and Alaskan Aqua E80 Opera Green F43 Goya Red
E58 Opera and Ballet Green E81 Copra Fawn F44 Paloma Blue
E59 Copra and Valsand Fawn E65 Astoria Red F45 Honey Fawn
E60 Dante and Mephisto Red E66 Samoan Tan
INSERT Expand for insert code details (Assembly configurations for HR's built in Melbourne only)
040 Model Extension - See below for codes
040 161 Manual 148 186 + Discs + LSD 417 161 Low Comp Manual
041 161 Manual 160 186 Manual 1240 186 S
042 161 Manual + Discs 162 186 Manual 1241 186 S
044 165 186 Manual + Discs 1242 186 S + Discs
045 161 Manual + Discs 166 186 Manual + Discs + LSD 1244 186 S
120 186 Automatic 240 X2 Automatic 1245 188 S + Discs + LSD
122 186 Automatic + Discs 241 X2 1246 186 S + Discs + LSD
123 186 Automatic 242 X2 Auto + Discs 1248 186 S + Discs + LSD
124 186 Automatic 244 X2 Manual + Automatic 1742 186 S + 4Speed + LSD
126 186 Automatic 245 X2 Automatic + Discs + LSD 1744 186 S + 4Speed
140 246 X2 Automatic + Discs + LSD 1745 186 S + 4Speed + Discs + LSD
141 186 Automatic 248 X2 + Discs 1746 186 S + 4Speed + Discs + LSD
142 186 Automatic 276 X2 Manual + Discs 1748 186 S + 4Speed + Discs + LSD
144 186 Manual 282 Manual 1782 186 S + 4Speed + Discs
145 186 + Discs 286 X2 Manual + Discs + LSD
146 186 + Discs + LSD 400 161 Low Comp Manual

References

  1. ^ a b c 1970 Holden HT Brougham, Restored Cars #174, Jan-Feb 2006, pages 27 to 28
  2. ^ Norm Darwin, 100 Years of GM in Australia, pages 238-241
  3. ^ a b c d e Holden Heritage, Eighth Edition, 1998, pages 34-35
  4. ^ Holden HR Technical Specifications at www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au Retrieved on 21 December 2013
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Turbo Smooth Holden, GMH sales brochure for Holden HR Sedans and Station Sedans, April 1966
  6. ^ a b c d e Bebbington, Terry; Malik, Michel A. (1994). 45 Years of Holden. The Australian Publishing and Printing Company. p. 37. ISBN 0-947216-31-6.
  7. ^ a b c d e New Holden, the Turbo-smooth profit pair!, GMH sales brochure for Holden HR utility and panel van, April 1966
  8. ^ Wright, Cedric, ed. (August 1968). "A car owners' report: Holden (1960-66)". CAR (South Africa). Vol. 12 no. 7. Cape Town, South Africa: Central News Agency Ltd. p. 28.
  9. ^ Holden Special (press release), Port Elizabeth, South Africa: GM South African Pty. Ltd., 1967
  10. ^ a b Holden HR at www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 24 August 2010
  11. ^ Norm Darwin, 100 Years of GM in Australia, page 240
  12. ^ Norm Darwin, 100 Years of GM in Australia, pages 240-242

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