Holden on to past parts

Holden gives a nod to Aus­tralia’s driv­ing past, writes Gra­ham Smith

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On Road -

A DEAL be­tween Holden and a restora­tion spares com­pany has se­cured the sup­ply of parts and ac­ces­sories for clas­sic Hold­ens.

The Holden Restora­tion Parts by Rare Spares pro­gram is mod­elled on a scheme in Amer­ica where own­ers of clas­sic GM cars can buy parts for older clas­sics through GM deal­ers and spe­cialised out­lets.

Here, Holden has teamed up with restora­tion parts spe­cial­ists Rare Spares to pro­vide parts pro­duced to the orig­i­nal fac­tory spec­i­fi­ca­tions from orig­i­nal tool­ing or Holden draw­ings.

‘‘There’s a lot of pas­sion out there for Holden ve­hi­cles,’’ Holden af­ter sales di­rec­tor, John Scot­ton, says. ‘‘This pro­gram helps us as­sist those pas­sion­ate Holden own­ers keep that pas­sion alive.’’

Rare Spares was es­tab­lished more than 30 years ago to sat­isfy de­mand for Holden parts for restora­tion or to keep old cars go­ing.

It has grown into a na­tional brand with fran­chised out­lets and stock­ists in ev­ery state and New Zealand.

Un­der the deal Holden will hand over draw­ings or tool­ing once it has fin­ished with them, and Rare Spares will han­dle pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of the parts.

Dis­tri­bu­tion will be through Holden deal­ers who sign up for the pro­gram or the Rare Spares na­tional net­work.

Holden deal­ers who choose not to sign up will re­fer cus­tomers to par­tic­i­pat­ing deal­ers or out­lets.

Own­ers of clas­sic Hold­ens from the orig­i­nal 48-215 of 1948 to the VS Com­modore of the 1990s will be able to find parts and ac­ces­sories of the same qual­ity as those orig­i­nally fit­ted on the Holden assem­bly line.

Rare Spares Gen­eral Man­ager David Rayner says the pro­gram will im­prove avail­abil­ity and price of Holden parts and ac­ces­sories.

‘‘Mak­ing low-vol­ume parts at an af­ford­able price can be dif­fi­cult, so work­ing with Holden will al­low us to rapidly in­crease the num­ber of prod­ucts un­der the new brand, as well as en­abling us to en­sure qual­ity and con­sis­tent sup­ply of ex­ist­ing prod­uct,’’ Rayner says.

Rayner says that while de­mand has tra­di­tion­ally been for parts for older clas­sics, such as the 1950s FJ or 1960s EH, and the Monaros and Toranas of the 1970s, parts for mod­els such as the Com­modores of the 1980s and ’90s are in­creas­ingly re­quired.

Rayner says there is a lot of in­ter­est in VB, VH, VK and VL Com­modores, as well as the later VR and VS, par­tic­u­larly up­mar­ket mod­els such as the Calais and SS.

‘‘I don’t nec­es­sar­ily think the more mod­ern mod­els are go­ing to reach the pop­u­lar­ity of the HK Monaro or 48-215, for in­stance, but who knows?’’ he says.

If they do, parts will be avail­able to keep them in pris­tine con­di­tion.

His­tory man: Holden boss Mike Dev­ereaux at the wheel of a Holden 48-215, which is the ear­li­est model cov­ered in the parts deal with Rare Spares. The range runs up to the VS Com­modore.

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