The 1969 Holden Hurricane combined futuristic technology--for the time. Now some of that technology is being used in 21st century vehicles. Holden Australia recently restored the original Hurricane--tech and all.
The midengine, rear-wheel drive, two-seat sports car used a pre-GPS navigation system that relied on magnets embedded at intersections along the road network to guide the driver along the desired route. The Hurricane also had a dash-mounted panel that told the driver which turn to take by illuminating different arrows, and sounding a warning buzzer.
The Hurricane had some surprisingly advanced systems such as electronic digital instrument displays, station-seeking radio, automatic temperature control air conditioning, rear-vision camera, and an automated route finder.
The Hurricane was powered by an experimental 4.2-liter (253-cubic-inch) V8; this engine was a precursor to the Holden V8 engine program that entered production in late 1969, the company said in a press release.
"At Holden we have always prided ourselves on our ability to look into the future through our concept cars," said Michael Simcoe, executive director of GMIO Design, in the release. "It's amazing to think that the features we take for granted today were born out of creative minds over 40 years ago."
The Holden Hurricane will be on display from Oct. 21 to 23 at the Motorclassica car show at the Melbourne Royal Exhibition Building.