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Monday, 7 January 2019

The Futuristic Holden Hurricane Concept Car, 1969

Revealed by car makers to advertise new technologies, the 'Concept cars' sometimes evolve into production vehicles, oftentimes they don't. Nevertheless, they do offer a vision of the future.
Unveiled 47 years ago in Melbourne, Holden's Hurricane was loaded with decades-worth of technologies which have been considered standard in cars. Aside from having digital displays, the Hurricane also had a primitive magnetic GPS system, as well as rear-view CCTV camera, and a hydraulic entry system which even the Dukes of Hazzard could get jealous - the whole roof lifted off on hydraulic plates.
During 2011 at a motor show in Melbourne, the concept car has indeed been brought back to life.
The Hurricane was installed with a rear-view camera, a route guidance system, and hydraulically powered doors.
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Holden was a subdivision of General Motors, and this 1969 model was considered a showcase for then offbeat technologies such as digital instrument displays
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The 1969 Holden Hurricane was a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive two-seater which brandished technologies such as air conditioning and a radio with auto-seek, instead of a fiddly tuning knob
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The restored car was displayed at Melbourne's Motorclassica show this year - the project to restore the car had been ongoing since 2006
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The 'Pathfinder' GPS system was probably the ultimate out-there, having that glowing arrow to instruct drivers which way to turn, and a buzzer that serves as warning of an upcoming junction.
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It's incredible just thinking that the features we take for granted today were conceptualized over 40 years ago by creative minds.

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