Prime Minister Ben Chifley launches the 48-215 (FX) Holden

Holden Cars have become iconic motor vehicles in Australia since 1948. The Holden family history since 1854 and the development of  todays General Motors Holden are featured. Classic Holden Cars, looks at the company development and growth in Australia along with information and pics of every Holden from the first Holden manufactured in Australia, the 48-215 FX (1948) to the 2006 VE Commodore. You will find production numbers, the base price on introduction to the marketplace and as many pics we could find.


Classic Holden Cars

Holden 48-215 Launch, November 1948



The original Holden badge

Holden 48-215 Emblem






Holden has a special place in Australia’s history as the manufacturer of the first all-Australian car, the 48-215 (FX). Since 1948, when the famous 48-215 took to the road, a succession of landmark models have driven themselves so deeply into the Australian way of life that they have become an integral part of it.

Along the way, the Holden name has acquired a significance and status all of its own, symbolised by a spirit of strength, ingenuity and adaptability.

Today, Holden employs more than 6300 people Australia wide and has produced more than seven million vehicles. As part of General Motors, the world’s largest automotive company since 1931, Holden is evolving from a domestic manufacturer into an internationally competitive exporter of vehicles, engines and automotive expertise to diverse markets.

Holden’s major operating facilities are located at Fishermans Bend (technical centre, administration and engine manufacturing plants), Dandenong (spare parts operation) and Lang Lang (automotive proving ground)  in Victoria; as well as Elizabeth (vehicle manufacturing plant) in South Australia.

Although Holden Cars of the future will change in profile, be  powered by different engines and introduce ever more innovative features, the process of change generated through such initiatives will be forever linked to the company’s heritage by the Holden Car “Lion Emblem” displayed proudly on its products.

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