Video: Holden manufacturing in 1925

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Holdens have been an icon of the Australian motoring scene for a century, and this video shows car bodies being assembled by Holden's Motor Body Builders (HMBB) at their plant in Woodville, South Australia, in 1925.



The bodies made at this time were designed to suit a number of chassis imported from manufacturers such as Chevrolet and Dodge.

"By 1924 Holden’s had one of the world’s most advanced production lines at Woodville in South Australia and exclusively supplied bodies to the Australian branch of the United States company General Motors Ltd," Margaret Simpson writes for Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.

"Holden’s accounted for half of Australia’s total production of motor bodies, producing 35,000 units annually and even then employing 2,600 people."

Holden's Motor Body Builders was established in 1918, having developed from a small South Australian saddlery business established in the 1850s.

It merged with General Motors Australia in 1931 to form General Motors-Holden's Ltd.

 

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