Today will go down in history as the last Holden rolls off the line at the Elizabeth factory after 161 years of production.
The first Holden – officially labelled the 48-215, but often called the FX or Humpy Holden thanks to its distinctive curves – was promoted as “Australia's own car”.
The last – a red Holden Commodore V8, expected to be a collector’s item – came off the line shortly after midday today.
Earlier today, more than 1000 Holden fans gathered in the streets around the factory in Holdens of all makes and models.
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Behind the build
Holden began manufacturing cars in Port Melbourne in 1948 but the Elizabeth facility didn’t open until 1958, initially building car bodies before becoming a vehicle assembly line in 1965.
Holden factories at other sites in NSW, Queensland and Victoria followed before they too were shut.
In the end, Holden will have built a total of 7.6 million cars — including more than 2.3m Commodores, not including exports — versus Ford’s tally of 5.9m vehicles and Toyota’s total of 3.4m.