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