Wednesday, March 7, 2012

1950 Holden

The protracted dream of a mass-produced Australian automobile has become reality on October 1, 1948, when the very first Holden 48-215 left the assembly line. The new car has enjoyed a tremendous response from the Australian public: long waiting lists of customers eager to purchase the very first Australian-built automobile have been drawn, though Holden produces no less than 20,113 cars in 1950 and increases its sales by 60%.

Holden 48-215
The very first Australian-made automobile is now on the market, though it is actually based on an American design that has been shelved shortly after the end of the war. It is a rugged and simple vehicle, devoid of any refinement, but well suited for the task of coping with the hard local conditions.
● Introduction: November 1948. Construction: unibody. Engine: water-cooled inline six, 2.2-litre, 60 hp, mounted at the front. Transmission: to the rear wheels through a three-speed manual gearbox. Suspension: independent at the front, rigid axle at the rear. Brakes: hydraulic, to drums on all four wheels. Length: 437 cm. Top speed: 130 kph. Range: four-door sedan.

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