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  • rodders Posts: 5782
    Forum Legend rodders
    20 Oct 2018 12:49 AM
    Today marks the first anniversary of the end of an era in Australia's automotive manufacturing history,  the closure of the final manufacturing plant at Holden in Elizabeth South Australia on 20th October 2017.
    Since the early part of the 20th century Australian companies have been supplying locally manufactured bodies, interiors and other components to  imported chassis for sale to the local market.
    In 1948 GM-H built the first mass produced car, the 48-215 sedan at the plant in Fisherman's Bend near Melbourne Victoria. Other manufactures soon followed while some prestigious European brands bought in CKD (Completely Knocked Down) kits into Australia for final assembly using many locally sourced components. These businesses employed many Australians and provided a sense of pride to the vehicle owners.

    So after 69 years of continuous production the final Holden car rolled off the assembly line and production of an Australian built car ceased. Imports only from now on.

    It was estimated that 100,000 Australians were employed in the automotive industry at the time of closure, mostly in small to medium sized companies supplying components to the big brands for final assembly. Most of these businesses folded putting all these people out of work along with employees at Ford, Toyota and Holden.

    This video follows one of the last Holden cars to come off the line. Take a look at the modern production methods and think for a moment of the people you see in the video who lost their job.

    My car is one of the last limited edition Australian built Holden cars with a build date of 13th September 2017, a Motorsport Edition Commodore. It has all the wiz-bang gear including Head Up Display, various driver modes which adjust suspension, steering and exhaust settings, heated seats, parking assist...the list goes on and on.
    Here are a couple of pics of it coming along the assembly line in Elizabeth, South Australia.

    HD Forums Australia - 1  KOM 0778.jpg

    HD Forums Australia - 2  KOM 0778.jpg

    And here it is on the day I picked it up from the dealer prior to the registration plates being fitted.

    HD Forums Australia - 3  KOM 0778.jpg

    Not many countries could boast they developed, designed and built cars but Australia could. Now, sadly, Australia is just an importer of cars developed, designed and built in other countries.
  • binnsy Posts: 739
    Performance Poster binnsy
    20 Oct 2018 08:14 AM
    Nice piece of kit rodders.  
    Such a shame they closed down.  
  • Baloffski Posts: 1587
    Motor Head Baloffski
    20 Oct 2018 08:30 AM
    Used to love the smell of spot welding, used to hide the smell of dope we smoked, purchased every payday, on shop floor. 
    Chrysler, no wonder they went first.
  • rodders Posts: 5782
    Forum Legend rodders
    21 Oct 2018 07:24 AM
    For any locals there will be a large gathering of Holden cars today at the Trafalgar Holden museum with a cruise around Gippsland commencing at 1pm. 
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