precious time, energy and money away from the mainstream HR sedan. But the HK range was a different proposition altogether. So, in 1964, when Holden’s product planners were developing the package dimensions and specifications for the car that would become the HK, a coupe was included in the plan. An American, Ed Taylor, was given responsibility for leading the HK design program. His team initially comprised Alf Payze, Peter Nankervis and, later in 1965, Phil Zmood. Work on the HK sedan began in mid-1964. The starting point was a design created by Leo Pruneau in the USA earlier that year. (See Retroautos March 2017 for images of Pruneau’s proposal. Here’s the LINK) The Holden team developed Leo’s idea further and introduced Pontiac- style stacked headlights. The first proposal for the HK coupe (it had no name in 1964/65) used a stacked headlights design. From the windscreen back, however, its tapering roof shape and the defined “shoulder”, where the roof met the body at the quarter panel area, replicated GM’s full size coupes for 1965-68, early Chevrolet Camaro proposals and the 1967 Opel Commodore coupe. When Taylor returned to the USA in July 1965 John Schinella took his place. At 26 John had already been part of the team that was shaping the