She’s a Beauty! is back in print – but with a difference. Now in two volumes, this lavishly illustrated first volume documents the Holden story from 1934 to 1948. Volume Two will continue the story from 1949 to 1953, and in subsequent decades. Volume One, rich with new stories, photographs and facts, includes not only material from the 2006 enlarged edition of She’s a Beauty!, but also relevant material from its sequel, Still Holden Together, which is unlikely to be re-published. No FJ Holden material is included, in order to keep She’s a Beauty! exclusively for the original Holden model.
Some people guess that Don Loffler is the son or relative of a Holden dealer, or a former Holden factory employee, or someone closely connected with the motor trade. He is none of these, but a retired German, Latin and Chemistry teacher, who is enjoying the process of writing books on his passion – the early Holden models and the history behind them. Born in Kapunda, South Australia, he gained an Arts degree and two Education diplomas from the University of Adelaide. His late wife, also a graduate with similar degrees from the same university, was his inspiration in the initial years of his book writing and the tradition is now maintained by his adult son Michael and daughter Helen. Lois and Michael have been valuable proofreaders of Don’s manuscripts over many years.