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Ul­ti­mately,

the Holden man­u­fac­tur­ing story ended in the city where it started. The send-off cli­maxed over the course of a week in Oc­to­ber, start­ing with the Holden Dream Cruise, which gave 25,000 sup­port­ers the chance to farewell their favourite brand. More than 1200 Hold­ens turned out for the event, rep­re­sent­ing al­most seven decades of Aussie-built his­tory, for a pro­ces­sion led by a pris­tine 48-215 driven by Holden chair­man and manag­ing direc­tor Mark Bern­hard.

Held on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15 ahead of the pri­vate farewell and cel­e­bra­tion for Holden em­ploy­ees on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 20, the pa­rade and car show in­cluded guests such as Bev­erly Brock and Mark Skaife, who also judged the finest Lions on dis­play.

“It was truly in­spi­ra­tional to see the pas­sion from the Holden fans and our em­ploy­ees past and present. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face from start to fin­ish,” said Bern­hard.

“This is the city where our com­pany was born. We want to show Ade­laide that we ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port the com­mu­nity has given Holden, par­tic­u­larly over the past 55 years of man­u­fac­tur­ing in El­iz­a­beth,” he said.

An auc­tion of three of the last, high­per­for­mance lim­ited edi­tion Com­modores at­tracted bid­ders from across Aus­tralia and over­seas. Direc­tor #5 and Mo­tor­sport #5, which hold spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance to Pe­ter Brock fans, and Mag­num ute #111 each at­tracted strong bid­ding and sale prices of $130,000, $93,000 and $84,000 re­spec­tively.

Jamie Lock­ett drove from Bal­larat in Vic­to­ria to place the win­ning bid for the Mo­tor­sport V8 Sedan #5. “The unique build num­bers added a lot of value to the cars un­der the ham­mer. To now own the num­ber five of the late Pe­ter Brock, the King of the Moun­tain him­self – now that’s a piece of his­tory to own,” he said.

Michael Stein­borner from Gawler in South Aus­tralia said: “I’ve been a Holden fan for decades and I love utes, so to own the last lim­ited-edi­tion Mag­num is in­cred­i­ble!”

Sales of the trio tal­lied $307,000 – with Holden do­nat­ing $65,000 to The Light­house Foun­da­tion and the re­main­ing $242,000 of the pro­ceeds plus an ad­di­tional $500,000 to the Smith Fam­ily’s Learn­ing For Life pro­gram.

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