My Story From 1970s
By Bharat Mistry
Bharat bought his 1973 Holden Kingswood from his Grandfather when he was just 18 years old. The caveat to purchase was that nothing whatsoever could be changed in the vehicle, and as a man of his word Bharat has ensured the Kingswood is still in original condition.
Bharat's son Shaan is up next to inherit the car and can't wait to continue the family history. "Family picnics, trips to the Waitakere Ranges, up to the Puhoi Pub or just running errands with Mum - this car has been part of everyday life and special memories. I can't wait 'til it's mine".
The First Commodore VB
A major change of direction for Holden, significantly shorter and narrower than previous Holdens, the Commodore followed the trend towards smaller cars sparked by the fuel crises of the 1970's.
The late 70's produced a world-wide fuel crisis when OPEC restricted production in order to receive a better price for their fuel per barrel. An oil refinery was commenced at Marsden Point in Northland and the use of alternative fuels from New Plymouth, LPG and CNG was heavily encouraged through incentive schemes to fit gas cylinders to the boot of your car.