Last Holden rolls off Elizabeth production line

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.

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