Could this be the most amazing car ever made in Australia?

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The Holden Efijy was never meant to go into production – it was a dream that became a fixation for the carmaker’s Australian design team.

The radical concept car, unveiled at the 2005 International Australian Motor Show, paid homage to the original Holden FJ that put Australian car manufacturing on the map in the 1950s.
Part concept, part design showcase, part crazy dream, the Efijy was a hot rod that combined the latest in hi-tech componentry with a supercharged V8 engine more powerful than those used by race cars.

Unlike other concept cars that eventually went into production, Holden never intended to sell the Efijy; it was an opportunity for the designers to express themselves and create a vehicle that no marketing department would ever sign off on.

“Invariably, people smile when they see it for the first time,” chief designer Richard Ferlazzo said at the time. “Efijy is our accolade to the talented designers who cut loose with some fantastically flamboyant styling in the post-war 1940s and 1950s.”

Almost 20 suppliers donated their time, effort and expertise to build the car. At the time, Holden estimated that it would have cost $1.5 million to build from scratch.

Some websites reported that a number of well-heeled businessmen in the US, UK, Middle East and Russia – including Russian president Vladimir Putin’s brother – wanted to buy an Efijy but Holden insists the car is a one-off.

Over the years, Holden has created several memorable limited-run or concept cars that never made it onto the production line.

1969s Hurricane

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Who can forget 1969’s Hurricane? Holden’s super-sleek sports car first saw the light of day at that year’s Melbourne Motor Show. Futuristic and oh-so-mod, it featured a mid-mounted small block Holden 4.2 litre V8, rear-wheel drive and gullwing doors. In 2006, a full restoration was commenced and the ‘as new’ vehicle displayed at 2011’s Motorclassica car show. The car featured a rear CCTV camera, climate control air conditioning and an auto-seek radio.

1969’s Hurricane

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Or, how about the James Bond-esque Torana GTR-X of 1970? This was no simple folly, it was a serious model intended for production. Built on the successful GTR-XU1 platform, it had a wedge-shaped grille and fibreglass body in two-door hatchback layout. The long bonnet gave it ‘masculine’ appeal as well as streamlining. The production model would have been the first Holden with factory-fitted four-wheel disc brakes needed to stop this 210km/hr-capable rocket.

Want your own truly amazing car? Check out these great listings on Gumtree:

1973 Holden Torana LJ GTR Sedan – $54,990

1973 Holden Torana

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This fully re-engineered 1973 Torana in “Lamborghini orange” is bound to get classic car enthusiasts’ pulses racing.

1970 Ford Falcon XY GT Ultra White – $129,900

1970 Ford Falcon XY GT

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If anything is going to make you nostalgic for the 1970s, it’s this vintage Ford Falcon with a classic black-and-white racing stripe.

1970 Dodge Challenger RT – $74,900

1970 Dodge Challenger RT

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You’ll have fun and turn heads in this “banana yellow” Dodge Challenger coupé with original factory wheels.


This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Thanks for the nostalga, Why doesnt someone go into production for all the HOLDEN ie FJ Holden’s which never made before ..AND DO IT NOW??

    As for Gumtree I wish they would make it easier By showing us a menu or a directory of stuff that is being sold.

    Ron

  2. This article was indeed a complete nostalgia. I just can’t contain my feelings after seeing these fascinating cars of yesteryears plus the fact that concept cars were possibly made by Holden.

    Holden Efijy will surely delight not only the owners but anyone who’ll get passed by this concept car. If this can only be sold, I am pretty sure a lot of well-off people would want to get a hold of it and would even drag race to get it first.

    As for Holden Hurricane, I am left speechless by car designers who came up with a futuristic car design. You know the feeling of so much awe and thinking through how were they able to foresee that this is going to be the design of the future.

  3. I’M A FORD MAN, BUT I WAS BOWLED,, SAME AS KEVIN WAS,, OVER THE HOLDEN EFIJY BUT I’LL TELL YOU WE CAN , RESTART ,, LIKE RON SAID’ ……. ‘ AND DO IT NOW’….. AS WE WERE TOLD , IN TV / NEWS / FORD IS GOING TO PULL OUT OF OZ,, WHY NOT RESTART THERE ???????? ,, LOOK AT CUBA, THEY ARE STILL DRIVING AROUND IN 1948–9 —— 1956 —9 &60 MODELS BEAUTY ;S AND GEMS .. SO THERE GENTELMEN.. HAPPY DAYS TO ALL.. BEST REGARDS WILL

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