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Designer: Leo Pruneau
One of Leo Pruneau's earliest works was made in Detroit with Don Laski in 1962 and became the 1965 Opel Diplomat. This was then worked over to become the Holden HD in Germany. Pruneau came to work in the team that created the Chevrolet Camaro, and whilst on that team in 1964 he was pulled away one lunch time to comment on a British proposal for a Vauxhall Viva HB. The verdict was unanimous that the David Jones design was wrong. Pruneau supposedly sketched a new idea in just three hours, looking very like a scaled down Camaro, and was then asked to pack his bags for Luton and execute his own design which emerged as the Viva HB. This he followed up with the coke-bottle Victor FD before being sent down to Australia in 1969 to tidy up the final design of the Holden HQ. At Holden, Pruneau discovered the Viva HB was being sold there as the Holden Torana HB, and he then developed that into the Torana LC/LX and UC Other projects at Holden were the Holden WB Statesman and the 1978 Holden Commodore VB a cross pollination of an Opel Rekord main section with an Opel senator front and a V8 engine.
Vauxhall Viva HB
Vauxhall Victor FD
Vauxhall Viva 1968 deluxe front
Vauxhall Viva HB 1968 deluxe. The hasty drawing by Leo Pruneau is likely to have been influenced by the Chevrolet Camaro which was also in design in Detroit at this time.
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
see also my Picasa car albums
withe even more on RedSimon
Simon is also a contributor to SuperCars.Net
And also to Wikipedia
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