When Australian carmaker Holden brought out the Hurricane in 1969, they pretty much invented the concept of the concept car. Three years ago a re-made Hurricane came out, but perhaps the best tribute to the original is that even now it still looks futuristic. A two-seater, it’s built ridiculously low to the ground at only 990 mm. Its bulging wheel arches and door that lifts off pneumatically over the front make it almost like a sportier precursoOn its release it immediately gained a cult following, which of course was exactly what Holden intended. The amount of design and engineering effort that goes into concept cars not for mass production means they are never going to be cash cows. Instead, they are there to win the company prestige and attract the best designers, and in that sense the Hurricane worked a dream. As other carmakers caught on, Holden released further concepts which continued to delight fans with their unique mix of style and Aussie playfulness. A case in point was the Sandman, Holden’s take on the surf-mobile and a car which folks Down Under now cherish as defining a generation. Built from 1974 to 1980, the Sandman’s huge back end makes it almost van-like.
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