Holden Hurricane (1969) Brooks Stevens US

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The Hurricane d’Holden


The Hurricane is a two-seater concept car produced by Australian automaker Holden in 1969.

The Hurricane was one of the most advanced vehicles of the time. It has the particularity of not having conventional doors, instead it’s the entire windshield that tilts hydraulically forward while the roof tilts over the rear wheels. It measures less than a meter in height and is equipped with a 4.2L V8 engine 262 horses.

After the Second World War, Holden made "an entirely Australian car". In the end it was a compact Buick dating from 1938 which had never been made in its country of origin. Holden's FX model was, in 1948, of a design strictly due to General Motors. Besides, it is equipped with a motor 6 cylinder 2,2 liters with header valves, from a crankshaft to 4 bearings, from a box to 3 synchronized speeds, a speed change per column, hydraulic brakes, independent front suspension with coil springs and triangular arms, of a hypoid aft deck and it was built in chassis-hull.


Hurricane during restoration at Holden Design



Le Lakester (Prototype) (1970)

Evinrude – The Lakester designed by Brooks Stevens (1970)

Clifford Brooks Stevens, born 7 June 1911 in Milwaukee and died on 4 January 1995 in the same town, is an American industrial designer. In 1944, the cofonde, with Raymond Loewy and eight other partners, l’Industrial Designers Society of America (in). When he died in 1995, the New York Times Designer Stevens as a pillar of industrial design.

You return this buggy to the water's edge and suddenly it gives birth to a fiberglass boat of 14 feet. After the cruise or water skiing, when you're back ashore, an electric winch transports the boat on board its wheeled partner. Dune buggy and outboard motor boat 50 cv. The buggy has a standard Volkswagen undercarriage and a continuously variable hydrostatic gearbox of the type used on high horsepower garden tractors. The prototype, a shiny orange and pearly model, appeared at the San Francisco Boat Show in January 1970.

(1970) Evinrude engine – The Lakester Prototype:

The great industrial designer Brooks Stevens
designed many famous cars in his life. And once , in 1969 , he received an order for an amphibious beach buggy , and came to the question of so unusual , that the machine , never entered production , he became a star dealer. Because the car and the boat in its concept were separate parts , forming a puzzle.
Stevens has had many projects in various industries. Among its well-known cars are the Jeep Grand Cherokee Wagoneer, Studebaker Hawk Gran Turismo, the Harley Davidson FL Hydra-Glide and so on. In 1969, the organizers of two major US Chicago Boat shows, Travel and Outdoor Show and San Francisco Sports & Boat Show together and commissioned an aged Stevens from 58 years, industrial design star, amphibious vehicle, which could be a triumphant spectacle ; Stevens did not fail. He designed a beach buggy from 4,2 meters, hiding a full fiberglass boat. The two wheels and the propeller were driven by the same motor boat of 50 horses – Stevens had to supply a tricky command, although the transmission was left by the donor – Volkswagen series.

It may be the idea behind this vehicle concept that was ordered and presented to Chicago Boat, Travel & Outdoors Show and San Francisco Sports & Boat Show and 1970.

Created by Brooks Stevens , the Lakester should sell for around 2500 $.

Evinrude – The Lakester designed by Brooks Stevens (1970)



Virginia Maneval

I am the daughter of Jean Benjamin Maneval, famous urban architect who notably created the Bulle Six Coques, a plastic house from the pop years. You can also find me on my Facebook page Bubblemania.fr or on my page La Bulle Six Coques by Jean Benjamin Maneval.

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