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Random # 114: HZ Holden Station Wagon

HZ Holdens, like the one pictured here, were the last of the passenger vehicle line that began with 1971's HQ.  The HQ - many of which are featured elsewhere on this 'blog - was replaced by the HJ in 1974, the HX in 1976 and then, finally, the HZ in 1978.  

Each subsequent model was an evolution of the previous one, featuring cosmetic and engineering changes.  However, the differences were most notable between the HQ and the three models that followed it; the HJ, HX and HZ were stylistically quite similar, with only slight differences evident in the grille, lights and minor trim items - although the HZ sedan's boot lid was unique to that model. 

Holden continued the HZ until 1980, after which the VC Commodore took over as Holden's only large family car offering.  According to Wikipedia, the previous Commodore, the VB, was produced from 1978 until the VC's introduction and therefore ran in parallel to the HZ  for two years (…

UMPH: Art Critic

UMPH is fully aware that photographing other people's art work might be frowned upon.  However, there is absolutely no motive in his having done so, other than to express his admiration for the artist and this magnificent impressionistic depiction of an HQ Holden sedan.  The painting wasn't signed, nor was there any attribution nearby to identify who the artist was.  The original can be viewed in the upstairs area of the New Sydney Hotel, Bathurst Street, Hobart.  



iPhone image.

Classics by the Beach, April, 2017

UMPH is a little late off the mark with April's Classics, having missed his self-imposed day-after deadline by nearly a week.  However, he's finally got his act together and posted a few photos that he took on the day, starting with this excellent Austin 1800 ute. 

There are still a few Austin 1800s - colloquially known as land-crabs - getting around in Tasmania but ute variants a few and far between.  This particular Mark II version was in excellent condition, inside and out, and appears to be a working vehicle, as it bears sign-written details of a local engineering business on both its front doors.

Regular readers will know that UMPH is a really huge fan of big Healeys.  The one featured here was in absolutely first-rate condition and looked particularly stunning with its crisp white duco, glittering chrome and perfect interior.  It's one of a surprising number of the marque that can be seen in and around Hobart but easily rated as one of the finest examples, which is no …