End of an era


THE city of Ade­laide lost an im­por­tant part of its iden­tity this year.

On Oc­to­ber 19, the last car rolled off the pro­duc­tion line in Holden’s El­iz­a­beth fac­tory in Ade­laide’s north­ern sub­urbs.

The El­iz­a­beth fa­cil­ity opened in 1958, ini­tially build­ing car bod­ies be­fore be­com­ing a ve­hi­cle assem­bly line in 1965.

Hun­dreds of Holden work­ers were on hand to wit­ness the end of pro­duc­tion at the plant, with more than 1000 Holden fans pulling up out­side the fac­tory, many driv­ing some of the man­u­fac­turer’s most iconic models, in trib­ute to the Lion’s his­tory.

The last ve­hi­cle to come off the line shortly af­ter mid­day was a red Holden Com­modore, which will be­come a mu­seum item. It was the 7,687,675th ve­hi­cle to be pro­duced by the com­pany.

The his­toric oc­ca­sion marks the end of al­most a cen­tury of au­to­mo­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing for the na­tion, and 69 years for Holden.

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