1969 HT Holden Premier - reader's car of the week

A Holden family dynasty....

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Tonacia Long talks about her golden Holden Premier. 

“MY GREAT grandfather had the first Holden dealership in Cloncurry, so Holdens have been in the family for a long time."

This article on Tonacia's Holden Premier was originally published in the July 2017 issue of Street Machine

"Before the Premier I had a one-tonner, but it wasn’t big enough for the family, so I sold it to buy the HT as a cruiser. I’m its third owner and I’ve had it for about eight years now.

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It was 100 per cent original when I bought it, but the 186 wasn’t going to cut it, so we put in a 383ci small-block Chev, Turbo 350 transmission and a nine-inch diff.

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It had to go fast but I wanted to focus on torque, which is what we built the motor for. It’s a great cruiser with plenty of grunt that’s awesome to drive; I can drive it to the track and run 10 or more passes, then drive it home.

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My PB is 12.23, and my partner has run 11.87 in it. This year we’ve upgraded the transmission to a manualised reverse-pattern ’box, and added a new fuel system, which has helped with the times at the track.

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My partner is a coachbuilder and we have another project on the go at the moment, so once that’s sorted we’ll strip the HT and give it some love!”

 

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