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.