HD/HR Holden X2: The General’s mysterious 1960s ’muscle’ car

14 March 2014
The HD X2 made its Bathurst 500 debut in 1965, two years after the EH S4 raced to second outright in the 1963 event. Here the Lionel Williams/Evan Thomas X2 is captured in full flight through Reid Park before wheel and engine problems ended its race. Note the standard lap-sash belt the driver is wearing!

Holden boasts a rich heritage of special-build high performance road cars that became winning race cars stretching right back to Stormin’ Norm Beechey’s EH S4, which makes the X2 version of the HD and HR models of the mid-1960s an awkward fit in such a stellar line-up.

As a competition car, the stock HD Holden faced an uphill battle from the start given that it shared the skinny track dimensions of the EH and a wheelbase almost as short yet was burdened by a bloated new body style that was heavier and larger than its predecessor in every dimension.