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Holden Makes Final Car In Australia

End Of The Line...

Holden Makes Final Car In Australia

There won't be any more of these

It's the day many thought would never come.

Today, the final Holden rolls off the line at Elizabeth, ending almost 60 years of car-making at the company's factory in Adelaide's northern suburbs.

The Elizabeth Factory in 1963

It's also the final mass-produced car Australia will ever make.

It was an industry that at one point supported 50,000 jobs at some 120 parts suppliers across the country.

Holden's manufacturing closure follows Toyota on October 3 and Ford late last year - both in Melbourne.

The final vehicle?

A 2017 Holden Commodore VFII SS Redline.

A red one.

They're not making any more of these

But no one's getting their mitts on the last car, it's going straight to Holden's pool room of concept cars and other storied vehicles the company's produced over the decades.

The last wagon, ute and Caprice will also be housed as museum pieces.

Workers will salute the end of the homemade Holden by getting together off-site for some farewell drinks at Adelaide Oval.

A handful will stay on at Elizabeth to help decommission the site which will take about 18 months.

Prime Minister Ben Chifley with the first Holden, a 48-215 in 1948 at Fishermans Bend.

For 14 years from 1996 to 2010, the factory produced Australia's favourite car, as the Commodore topped the sales charts

All up Holden built 7.6 million cars, Ford pushed out 5.9 million and Toyota assembled 3.4 million.

Holden will continue to employ about 350 engineers and designers in Port Melbourne to work on foreign cars, many of which will be sold through local dealers.

Next year the locally-built Commodore will be succeeded by the German-built ZB model.

The video below shows some of the last Holden Commodores on the production line.

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