RIP Aus­tralian in­dus­tries

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

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read­ers may re­mem­ber the Golden Stamp se­ries of project books from their school days (or maybe not). Th­ese in­cluded il­lus­trated stamps which could be pasted in where in­di­cated.

Au­to­mo­bile man­u­fac­tur­ing was im­por­tant enough to be in­cluded in the book called Aus­tralian In­dus­tries, pub­lished in 1978.

There were then five cor­po­ra­tions mak­ing cars in Australia: GM-H, Ford, Chrysler, Toy­ota and Nis­san-Dat­sun. More than 88,000 peo­ple were em­ployed at fac­to­ries like the one shown, where Holden Kingswoods are seen com­ing down the line. “The mo­tor ve­hi­cle in­dus­try faces many prob­lems,” says the book. In 1978 those prob­lems were air-pol­lu­tion con­trol, the ris­ing price of petrol and the de­mand for safer cars.

With Holden, Ford and Toy­ota all an­nounc­ing they are stop­ping man­u­fac­tur­ing in Australia in 2017 there’s less than three years be­fore the shut­ter comes down on the in­dus­try.

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