This model has arrived and is available now to purchase.
It is priced at $250
We only have a couple left so get in quick.
The HR Holden replaced the previously released HD when sales started to dwindle in 1966. The HR featured what appeared to be mild body changes compared to its predecessor, but in actual fact they were reasonably significant. The roof line was reworked and nearly all of the exterior panels had adjustments made to them to give the new HR a sleeker and (then) modern profile.
In addition to this the front featured a new grille and squared off headlights with ‘tower type’ lights at the back. The performance of the HR initially was bolstered due to an enlarged version of the ‘red engine’ with higher compression ratios, a new version of the twin carburettor X2 engine pumped out 109 kW (145 bhp). Soon after its release, the 186S engine became available as an option and while it still featured similar output credentials as the X2 engine, the new option delivered its power smoothly in comparison to the X2 version and it also featured Holden’s first automatic choke.
The HR can also be credited as one of the cars that introduced new ‘safety’ packages to the Australian car market. Six months after its initial launch, a safety upgrade was included which saw seat belts added to the front, windscreen washers, reversing lights and sun visors. The HR is a significant, classic Australian road car and as such, we have worked very hard to create a model that is worthy of this popular car.
With separate hand brake lines on the undercarriage and extra engine bay wiring including the hood release cable and brake lines – the detailed mechanical features of this model are really quite impressive. This particular edition also features our first vinyl roof finish on a model and we have also added mud flaps to this replica which is a Nasco option we haven’t included previously as a little point of difference.
These features combined with the high attention to detail and fully opening parts makes this an incredible model and one that will compliment our previous HR releases nicely in collections. Overall this is a remarkable replica of a classic Australian car.
This 1:18 scale model has just arrived and we have a couple available for purchase on our website.
The model number is B18H15Y and it is priced at $170.
We have sold out of the Tander model so if you want a Brock Tribute model grab a Courtney now!
As part of their year long 25th Anniversary celebrations, the Holden Racing Team unveiled a tribute livery that was raced at the 2015 Townsville 400. The two HRT Holden VF Commodores featured a modern representation of the livery that was seen on Peter Brock’s HRT VS Commodore in 1997 when he drove that car to claim his last ever V8 pole position, race and round wins. As one of HRT’s most celebrated drivers over their 25 year history, it was fitting that both Garth Tander and James Courtney raced their 2015 cars featuring this iconic livery as a tribute to the King of the Mountain.
Interestingly, the modern re-creation of this livery for the 2015 HRT VF Commodore was rejuvenated by the designer of the original livery in 1997, Peter Hughes – who still design’s HRT’s impressive liveries to this day.
“HRT’s 1997 livery is one of my all time favourites. It was the first HRT Commodore I designed and is sentimental to me being Brock’s final year,” Hughes said. “I’m always excited to see HRT liveries come to realisation, and I’m proud to bring back this design.”
Racing a HRT Commodore featuring a livery last seen on a car raced by one of Australia’s most iconic motorsport names was always going to draw much fan fare and anticipation with HRT fans eager for a strong showing on race day. It’s fair to say that both Tander and Courtney did a respectable job keeping the cars towards the front of the pack with both drivers delivering top ten finishes across the weekend, with James finishing on the podium in Race 17 in second place.