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Random # 113: XL Falcon Sedan

Tasmania's capital city of Hobart, situated in the south of the island, has two main restaurant / cafe precincts.  Elizabeth Street, in North Hobart, is home to a number of pubs, cafes and restaurants offering everything from beer 'n' burgers and counter meals, great coffee, and classic egg and bacon breakfasts, through to highly innovative all-day dining experiences, plus Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Italian / Mediterranean and Mexican cuisines.  There's even a fully vegetarian option or, if you're in the mood for some fabulous fresh Tasmanian seafood, a couple of excellent fish and chipperies.  

Salamanca Place, adjacent to Hobart's working port, is home to thriving arts and scientific communities, thanks to the many galleries and theatres housed there, plus the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the CSIRO's research facility that are both situated on the waterfront.  It is also a vibrant entertainment strip with a larg…

Random # 112: Wolseley Six-Eighty

Things that UMPH knows about Wolseley Six-Eighties:  The back half of them is the same as a Morris Oxford.   That's it, sadly; British cars of the early 1950s aren't really his bag.

However, he couldn't help but admire this example - photographed in historic Oatlands, approximately one hour's drive north of Hobart on the Midlands Highway - for both its condition and style.  There's no doubt that it had a certain something.

The Wolseley badging, seen above and in the two images below, is almost Gothic - especially the winged emblem above the centre of the split-windscreen.  It looks very much like a bat (UMPH can imagine Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred, driving a 6-80).

Random # 111: HR Holden Ute

In a previous post, UMPH identified the 1963 - 64 EH Holden as an iconic model for General Motors Australia.  The same could be said of 1966 - 68's HR series Holden.  

Like the EH, the HR was an aesthetic improvement over the model it replaced, the HD (1965 - 66), although the differences were less pronounced on these two later cars than with the EJ and EH.  Both the HD and the HR continued with the beloved 'red motor' that was first introduced in the EH.

The ute shown here is an HR, as illustrated by the addition of the two circular white indicators built into the grille.  However, like so many other Holdens, the HR ute and panel van variants retained the rear-end treatment of the model it replaced, meaning that HR and HD utes and vans are virtually indistinguishable from each other when viewed from behind. 

In sedan and station wagon guise, the differences between the rear-end treatment seen on HDs and HRs is quite marked, with all versions of the HD featuring the same squa…

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