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Old 01-11-2007, 12:55 PM   #1
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Australia's own

After the second world war The Australian government decided it was time to make a vehicle that was Australian made and Owned.
Ford UK was not in a position to take up the offer,as to rebuilding her infrastructures that were badly damaged and destroyed from the German Blitz's on it's factory's and foundries,plus the vehicles were so far out of date, they were not reliable enough out side of the main cities. GM did not want to take it on as they were happy to export vehicles from the GM division in Canada
The Menzies Government of the day said if you don't want to set a factory up for production of a locally made vehicle then we will do it on our own.
GM called our bluff and said you put up five Million pounds and we will open a factory to make and produce vehicles under the Chevrolet banner! Not on said the Prime minister Mr Menzies said either build to Australian specifications! Or we will open our own plant, GM thought this was for real as it meant a loss of possible exports to the Entire south Pacific region.
Hence the Holden was born! well it was actually a 1938 experiential Chevrolet, designed By the GM along with a new over head valve engine engine to suit the mid sized Chevrolet, which did not go into production, with the entry of the United States into the world war 11 after Pearl Harbor attack, by the Japanese.
Australia had a severe shortage of Cars as we need a robust vehicle to handle Australian conditions and roads , the Holden after major re-design and modifications was born known as the 248 followed by the prefix FX, the second update model was the FJ in 1953 small changes side trim two tone paint work grill reworked and of course a Vinyl interior roof lining, the previous being cloth and seats made from Army surplus blankets now we have leather seats, like Wow.
Holden had a two year order book of advance sales on the new Holden , Australians took it on with pride and they were an exceptionally reliable vehicle providing you threw a few bags of cement into the boot to stop the rear end from Kangarooing down a potted and corrugated back roads, as there were very few sealed roads out side of the city's, and did they rust, but they were fun and cheap to buy, it took three full years of an average wage to pay for that vehicle, in fact there was even a black market above the retail price, as so many folk just did not want to wait for the two year time frame, before they could actually have possession of the vehicle.

50 years on HOLDEN decided to celebrate it's 50th Anniversary and produced the concept HOLDEN FJ It's been a hit world wide.

GMH is a division of GM and were dam proud of it too.
along with meat pies, Kangaroos' and Holden cars.

Enjoy the movie as this is my Home town down under In Hobart Tasmania
www.welcometowallyworld.com - EFIJY HOLDEN concept car
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