A Premier collection
first Holden Premier was introduced in 1962 as part of the EJ series, promoted as the most luxurious of the three sedan models: Standard, Special and Premier.
It used the same body and range of engines, but featured such cosmetic improvements as leather-covered bucket seats, wool-pile carpets, whitewall tyres, metallic paint and additional trim and badges.
This was the first Holden to have automatic transmission and a heater fitted as standard. A few manual Premiers were built for export.
With the following EH series, the 179 motor was fitted as standard and a Premier station wagon was also available. With the HR series Premier, the 186S motor was available and, starting with the HK series, Premiers became available with the V8 option.
The Holden Premier lasted for nearly two decades and was part of the range even when specific luxury models like the Brougham and Statesman were introduced.
The last Premier was released as part of the 1977 HZ series, which stayed in production until 1980. Yes, the ‘Prem’ era ended 34 years ago.
Once largely ignored by collectors, many people are now looking for these cars and are happy to pay extra for the Premier package. And, in Western Australia, one enthusiast has collected examples of every Premier released. That’s 11 different models, including an export model manual wagon found in New Zealand and one of the rare Silver Anniversary models. The final two in the series are V8s.
The cars are stored in a purpose-built, climatecontrolled private museum on the owner’s fiveacre property. This collection is currently for sale by private treaty (see details below).
The owner has spent 20 years tracking down low-mileage cars, preferably with only one previous owner. His approach was to buy a car then replace it if he found one in better condition.