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1967 Holden HR Special 186 bored to 202 (and worked well) from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1967
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 186 bored to 202 (and worked well) Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance203000 miles
Previous carHolden HR

Summary:

A car you will lose to in the traffic light GP

Faults:

Well not really that much; a few leaks, that's about it, and had to replace the universal.

General Comments:

I got it for about $600, and it had a 202 red motor in it. I got a 186 red motor that had been bored to a 202, or so I thought! Then after reconditioning it, I found it worked well. After cleaning and blowing and more cleaning, I finally put it back together and put it in the car. Boy (I thought) there was some power in this V8. I took it out for the first time and lost the rear axle. I was not happy, but I could rev out to about 5000 rpm in first gear and blow a rex if driven well. It is a very good sleeper. Did I mention the 2 inch exhaust by the way?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2004

1967 Holden HR Special 186? from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1967
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 186? Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Previous carHolden EJ

Summary:

A 37 year old car that drives better than a Commodore; 'nuff said

Faults:

The only things wrong with it are rust in the front lip of the bonnet, the left rear door (why is it always the left rear with these things?)

A tiny hole next to the rear windscreen on the right.

Cracked dashboard.

Needs a general tidy up and respray.

General Comments:

I bought the car today; picking it up on Saturday.

Drives unbelievably good.

The owner says it's a 179hp, but I reckon it's a 186s (didn't think to check the side of the block). Yella Terra head, lumpy cam, twin Strombergs, extractors, 3 speed manual converted to floor shift.

Disc brakes front. Brake booster.

3.08 HQ diff.

Interior is very good; original aqua seats in unmarked condition, original carpet near perfect, good headlining.

Doesn't smoke or leak oil, and is quicker than a VN Commodore.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2003

27th Dec 2006, 03:32

Yeah I suppose its drives better than a commodore that has been through a crusher, but that's about that. Nuff said.

1967 Holden HR special 202 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1967
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 202 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carHolden Gemini

Summary:

Enjoyable cruiser

Faults:

Bought the car in fair condition, had rust in tailgait and front guards and bottom of doors, all repairable.

Windscreen wipers broke after 4000miles, wind-ex fixed this.

Had to put a muffler on it straight away as there wasn't one (sounded good without one).

Drum brakes pulled to one side, fixed the brake cylinder.

Changed the motor after 76000 miles to a reconditioned motor.

General Comments:

The HR station wagon was one of my favorite cars ever owned, it had style. The four speed manual (not standard) and the updated 202 motor gave this car some get up and go. The windows allowed great air flow, and it was an all over comfortable car to drive and be a passenger. It came without rear seat-belts.

I never had any real unexpected problems with this car and thoroughly enjoyed driving it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2003

1966 Holden HR Special Wagon 186 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1966
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 186 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

I'd only swap for a Ferrari so I could sell it and build ten more of these Holdens!

Faults:

Wasted the old 186 when driving it up to Auckland after buying it from Christchurch, but it had been sitting motionless for better than 3 years with its 2nd owner so to be expected. Moral: strip and clean an old motor if it's sat too long as the old oil decomposes into sand-like crystals (found out the hard way ;-)

Since then I also discovered steel timing gears are a better idea than fiber ones.

General Comments:

I've not so much had to fix things as wanted to, as I fully hope to hand this old beast on to my son in another ten years when he's old enough to drive.

Have replaced basically all the running gear including fully reconditioning the original 186 but to XU1 standards, fitted a reco'd 4 speed M21 floor change, Commodore electronic ignition, done all steering joints, brake system, new suspension stiffened and lowered etc...

Easy to work on myself and it's fun tricking it up.

Revs to 7,000 rpm easily and blows away new XR8 Falcons to 140mph no problem.

Never misses a beat either.

Paid $500 for it initially and have spent somewhere from $5,000 to $10,000 on it since, and it costs me maybe $60 to $80 a week gas, but if it were a 3 year old Commodore V8 it'd offer no more performance or style (just cost me more in repayments).

I am asked if I'll sell it at least once a week - at the lights, in rush-hour traffic on the motorway, in gas stations... NO WAY! ;-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2003

12th Mar 2004, 22:03

Sounds like me I paid 200 and it broke on its maiden voyage from chch to timaru. Have also replaced timing gears to alloy ones. It had been sitting for two years in my friends dads garage.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 20 reviews