Here for your enjoyment is a classic Australian car from Holden, the 1963 EH Premier. Well Holden built it but it was actually penned over the lake from here in Detroit by Mr Stanley Parker, yes that guy. He was chief designer at the Cadillac design studios at one point and worked on designs for other GM brands of the era. I always thought of this car as a mini Chevy Impala from the early 60’s, it has some of the design elements for sure, might have to squint a little? There’s some brief info below on Stanley Parker. As its late here and I actually spent more time than I should have taking these pictures I’ll try to be very word efficient from here on and mostly let the pictures do the talking.

The background shot is a picture I took recently not far from home. They are Grey Kangaroos, really imaginative name as they are Kangaroos with grey coloured fur.

The cast is from Oz Legends and the scale is 1:32.

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Something’s not right in this picture above.

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The Premier was the most expensive model of the range and featured metallic paint, leather seats, heater/windscreen demister and a handbrake warning light but no satnav.

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Here’s the ‘set’ for the shoot.

The 1963 EH was the first Holden model to use the red motor which replaced the grey motor, the blue motor replaced the red and the blue was replaced by the black motor in the late ‘80s, I think. Maybe the same guy named those Kangaroos?

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It’s a nice model over all and they really nailed it’s proportions, I’m happy to have it.

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The background photo used below is taken from the Wiki page for Fitzgerald River National Park in Western Australia. Link to page: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitzgeral…

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The following is copied from the article linked below:

“In 1963, Holden responded to the challenge of Ford’s new locally made Falcons by releasing a model still widely regarded as being one of the best ever to wear the Holden badge. The new EH may have looked similar to the EJ it replaced, but underneath were some pretty significant changes and the overall package certainly struck a cord with buyers - Holden sold more than 250,000 units in the eighteen months the EH remained in production, making it the fastest selling Australian car of all time. Holden revamped the look of the old EJ, with a new squared-off roofline and grille to achieve a very modern and attractively styled car. The new look was dubbed ‘Power-Swept’ styling and was the work of Stan Parker from the Design and Technical Centre in Detroit. The EH brought with it a host of mechanical improvements, most significantly a brand new engine to replace the ageing grey motor. Dubbed the red engine (a reference to the colour the engine blocks were painted), the new unit had a bigger bore and shorter stroke, plus higher compression ratio to boost output and was offered in either 149-cid or 179-cid guise. Either way, the red engine was a big improvement, with state of the art features like a seven-bearing crankshaft, hydraulic valve lifters, new pistons and head to give plenty of additional power, plus better fuel economy. Transmissions available were a three-speed column-change manual ‘box or the Hydramatic auto, also with three forward gears. Three trim levels were offered, the Standard (aimed at fleet buyers or taxi operators), Special and more luxurious Premier, and Holden billed the wagon, or Special Station Sedan as it was known in the day, as being a “… new fun-filled family favourite!”

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Here, this one: http://www.shannons.com.au/auctions/2014-…

Some Stanley Parker info, albeit brief: http://www.motorcities.org/Story/The+Earl…

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And the wiki page on the EH: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holden_EH

Thanks for checking it out, happy weekend!