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The Holden HR is an automobile that was produced by General Motors-Holden's in Australia from 1966 to 1968.

Introduction

The Holden HR range was released in April 1966, replacing the Holden HD series which had been in production since 1965. In additional to a revised grille, the HR featured a reworked roofline and larger rear window (on the sedans), revised rear lights (on sedans and wagons) and changes to almost all exterior body panels. Other changes included a widened track, improved interior trim and woodgrain interior finish for the Premier models. Six months after the launch of the HR, all models were given a safety upgrade with the addition of front safety belts, windscreen washers, reversing lights, sunvisors and a shatterproof interior rearview mirror.

Model range

The Holden HR passenger vehicle range offered 4 door sedan and 5 door station wagon body styles in three trim levels with the six models marketed as follows.

  • Holden Standard Sedan
  • Holden Standard Station Sedan
  • Holden Special Sedan
  • Holden Special Station Sedan
  • Holden Premier Sedan
  • Holden Premier Station Sedan

The HR commercial vehicle range was offered in 2 door coupe utility and 2 door panel van variants, marketed as follows:

  • Holden Utility
  • Holden Panel Van

Engines and Transmissions

The two versions of the inline six cylinder Holden Red motor were carried across from the HD series, both with increased engine capacity and a higher compression ratio. The 114 bhp 161 cu in (2.6 L) six was standard in all models except the Premiers. A 126 bhp 186 cu in (3.0 L) six was standard on Premiers and optional on all other models. The 145 bhp twin carburettor “X2” version of the “186” was initially available as an option on all models. The “X2” was replaced by the 145 bhp “186S” in June 1967, the new version fitted with a single two barrel carburettor.

A three speed manual transmission was standard on the HR with a two speed “Powerglide” automatic gearbox available as an option. An Opel sourced four speed manual transmission was offered from August 1967.

Production and replacement

A total of 252,352 vehicles were produced up to January 1968 when the HR was replaced by the Holden HK series.