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Trevor Collett | Feb, 03 2014 | 5 Comments

Did you know: the National Holden Motor Museum in Echuca hosts some 45 cars, making it the largest single-make car museum in Australia.

Yes, the carmaker may be on its way out of the Australian manufacturing landscape, but the Holden brand has a rich history here, and you'll find much of it in Echuca.

On display you'll see everything from the original 48-215, to modern V6 engines powering various generations and versions of the Commodore range - along with several delights you’re unlikely to see anywhere else.

The museum also hosts a gift shop, where curator Ted Furley can be found most days, ready to bend an elbow for a chat on all things ‘GMH’.

TMR dropped into the museum recently, and we came away with ten reasons why you might consider visiting yourself.

THE HOLDEN TORANA GTR-X

For a limited time only, arguably the most famous of Holden’s prototypes is currently on display at the museum.

THE EVOLUTION

Several displays are dedicated to outlining the differences between modern Holden products and those of yesteryear.

TECHNICAL INNOVATION

See how airbags, independent rear suspension and other technologies have evolved since their introduction.

HOLDEN HISTORY

Historic photographs, newspaper articles and posters line the walls of the museum.

ACCESSORIES

Remember when a 12-volt electric blanket was essential for winter motoring?

‘MODELS’ BEFORE THEY WERE MODELS

This wooden Holden Torana shows the different door-lines used for the hatch and sedan variants.

HOLDEN MILESTONES

There’s been plenty of fanfare surrounding some of Holden’s milestones, while others have passed virtually unnoticed by the general public.

HOLDENS FOR EXPORT

Several displays acknowledge Holden products built for overseas markets, such as this Chevrolet Lumina police car.

POWER PLANTS

Engine building has been as much a part of Australian automotive history as the cars they went on to power.

SHINY METAL

Every car in the museum is worthy of its place there. The collection includes some of the best-kept examples of Holden models, with some of them over 60 years old.

 

Getting There

The National Holden Motor Museum is located close to the northern end of tourist-friendly High Street in Echuca, on the Murray River in Victoria’s Northern Country district.

7-11 Warren St, Echuca, Victoria. | Phone: (03) 5480 2033

The museum is open seven days a week, 9am to 5pm.

Online: www.holdenmuseum.com.au | Facebook (links open in a new window.)

Tell 'em The Motor Report sent ya.

 
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