A couple of old Holdens

I’ve written a bit about my fears for Holden’s future given the small role the company plays in General Motors’ global portfolio.

I’ll risk sounding like an old country and western song and show you why I fear for them – the old they don’t make them like they used to thing.

I took some of these photos a few months ago at a small-town art festival in a town called Mirboo North, where they had a parade of locally owned classic vehicles going down the street. Two other shots were just last weekend at a local school fair here in Hobart.

These are some of the old Holdens that I love, the types of family car that Holden built much of their foundation on here in Australia (a lot of it was built on racing, too). Unfortunately, that foundation was built largely before they had serious competition from competent car builders elsewhere. Holden, like GM in America, had close to 50% market share in Australia at one point, before Ford got serious in Australia, and before the Japanese came into the market and ate both Holden and Ford’s lunches.

Anyway, these are some of my favourite old-school Holdens, primarily from the 1960s with a ute from the 1970s thrown in as well.

My personal favourite is the EH Holden from around 1963/4. There are two of them in the gallery below, one dark red and the other blue. I’ll take an EH wagon in storm grey, thanks.

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  1. Holden left it’s mark here in South Africa as well. They were rebranded as Chevrolets though. My dad’s 1975 El Camino pick-up, was the same as the Holden UTE – what a great pick-up that was! The Kingswood and Statesman/Premier were called the Chev Kommando and Constantia/DeVille respectively. Sadly we didn’t get the Monaro/Chevrolet SS here after 1970.
    It was only until a few years back, that GMSA decided to import the Commodore/UTE again, under the Chevrolet Lumina guise. I hope they survive!

  2. Beauties those.

    Steven, or anyone else with knowledge, do you know why Design of some vehicles looking at Opel and Holden have been similar to the edge of confusion but the Holdens have been their own model except for paneling? (one or two models that is) To an untrained eye the Opel Omega Gen A and the 80’s Holden Berlina Commodore, can look Very much alike but in reality only some of the car is. Why go to such lenghts to be unique as to even use Nissan engines when there was a perfectly ok equivalent on the GM shelves? I know the Commodore is larger than the Omega but if size was the issue… why not build on the Impala/Parisienne/Bonneville etc?

    Holden is probably in spirit a company that would have been a good partner for Saab. Building what they want to build not letting the big man boss them around to much. Together they would have been better of economically as well.


    Ps. Maybe NEVS could buy Holden out but continue with production of some of the big muscle cars. Hehe Ds.