Fair­mont GTs

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In­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cle on the Fair­mont GTs. Al­though many, many Fair­mont GTs have been found in South Africa and brought to Aus­tralia, there are still a good num­ber float­ing around the coun­try, which are still be­ing sought by Aussie buy­ers.

As to Aus­tralian­sourced Gen­eral Mo­tors prod­ucts, the first gen­er­a­tion Monaros were sold as Holden Monaro GTS. GMSA fool­ishly, in my opin­ion, sold Aus­tralian cars un­der dif­fer­ent name tags: Holden Kingswood – Chevro­let Kom­mando; Holden Pre­mier – Chevro­let Con­stan­tia; Holden States­man – Chevro­let Caprice; Holden Monaro GTS (308) – Chevro­let SS (350).

All the other cars used Chev and not Holden en­gines. It was later that Holden name tags were dropped in favour of Chev as South Africans wanted to buy a Chev and not a Holden!

To my knowl­edge the ‘lit­tle Chev Firenza’ came about after GMSA stopped build­ing ‘big’ Chevs as South Africans knew them and was used as a suc­cess­ful mar­ket­ing ploy in track and rally events for GMSA not to lose ground. Char­lie An­drews Email

ED: Char­lie, it’s good to hear the per­spec­tive of an ex-pat South African.

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