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The Hillsborough Holden Museum in New Zealand: Classic Restos - Series 37

By Shannons - Published on 06 July 2018

In the North Island of New Zealand at New Plymouth Fletch visits the massive Hillsborough Holden Museum and talks with owners and creators  Steve and Joy Fabish.
Steve began the collection after completing a nut and bolt restoration of a 1977 HX Holden GTS Monaro that has pride of place in the collection today. Their collection has grown over 22 years and created the need to build a purpose-built, state of the art museum facility.  
Today the collection of Holdens is massive, and Fletch talks with Steve about some of the vehicles on display. First up is a 1972 HQ Ute, then a 1949 FX Holden the oldest registered Holden in New Zealand, a1980 HZ Ute fully restored with a couple of later model additions. Then a couple of iconic Holden classics, a 1953 48/215  sedan purchased from Orange in NSW, still in immaculate condition that it was purchased in with only 80,000 miles on the clock, and finally a 1964 EH Holden Sedan in original condition, this car was called 'Australia's own car' and  sold in excess of 250,000 vehicles back then. 
Holden New Zealand and GM International have recognised the efforts of Steve & Joy Fabish and their Hillsborough Museum and donated the latest model Holden to add their museum display, a  V6 VXR Commodore. 
Fletch suggests that this museum is a must see if you are visiting New Zealand.