A Premier col­lec­tion

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -


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.

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