I remember seeing the Holden Statesman and Kingswood around KL during the 1970’s and because the years passed they slowly disappeared with the city. The past decades I haven’t seen an individual Holden anywhere, in workshops, small towns, scrapyards as well as in classic car hoarder’s houses. How possess the many Holden’s that had been the pride of their owners gone?
Meanwhile a bit of lesson in history over the Holden car brand. In 1917 the Australian government had placed an import embargo on complete vehicles, ww 1 having almost entirely involved Britain’s industry, and German U Boat Captains did their best in order that few cargo ships leaving Canada and america reached their intended destination. These conditions, and also the need to save valuable cargo space, restricted imports to chassis and forced local vehicle agents to look to local firms to deliver the groups.
In 1919 Edward Wheeldon Holden registered “Holden’s Motor Body Builders” as the separate company specialising in car bodies. At that time they built bodies for Overland, Chevrolet, Durant, Hupmobile and Dodge, through 1923 these people were producing over 12,000 bodies a year. In 1924 “Holden’s Motor Body Builders” took over as the sole Australian bodybuilder for General Motors vehicles coupled with an output of over 22,000 bodies (over 11,000 for GM) in 65 different body styles.
The famous “Lion and Stone” symbol was made in 1928 by George Rayner Hoff, and represented the legend of man’s invention with the wheel.
It was subsequently suited to all Holden bodies and, although undergoing minor changes over time, remains these days.
During the ‘Great Depression’ in 1930, production fell from 34,000 units each year into a mere 1651 and, in 1931, Vehicle made it possible to find the entire Holden’s Motor Seen and merge it utilizing their Western operation to create Vehicle – Holdens.