Low-fly­ing 186S

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle In Disguise -

Our fea­ture car is the ‘lux­ury’ ver­sion of the Holden ‘hot rod’, with the 1746 pack­age of op­tions. The stun­ning Sil­ver Mink Pre­mier HR 186S-pow­ered sedan ap­pear­ing on these pages is owned by Gary Gunn. An Ade­laide-build ex­am­ple, it pre­sents in ‘sur­vivor’ con­di­tion hav­ing been pam­pered by one care­ful owner for the vast ma­jor­ity of its life. It has yet to go ‘around the clock’. Orig­i­nally or­dered by a re­tired RAAF Wing Com­man­der, the po­ten­tial per­for­mance of the car was ob­vi­ously known in ad­vance. A high pro­por­tion of these cars went to en­thu­si­asts in both the rally and com­pe­ti­tion fields, in ad­di­tion to well-con­nected mo­torists. De­liv­ered at the end of Au­gust in 1967, the car spent its en­tire life in South Aus­tralia un­til Gary re­cently pur­chased it from the sec­ond owner.

“I’d been look­ing for one for a long time,” Gary ex­plains. “I’ve al­ways wanted to own one and spotted this car on eBay. I got it for a good price as I was pre­pared to go higher for one in such great orig­i­nal match­ing-num­bers con­di­tion with all the books, etc. They don’t grow on trees any more and I’ve seen more than my fair share of shit­boxes over time,” he en­thuses. “So many of these cars have been mucked with that you re­ally need to know your stuff.”

The black in­te­rior trim adds to the busi­ness-like pre­sen­ta­tion of Gary’s car. One won­ders at the ‘low-fly­ing’ this car did when it first hit the road…

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