Masterparts stocks a range of Holden parts and spares for the Monaro, HK, HR and Premier models.
From the 1950s to the 1970s, Holden’s locally manufactured Australian cars and utility vehicles were so popular that they became Australian icons.
J.A. Holden & Co began in 1856 as a leather and saddlery company in South Australia. From there, it moved into repairing car upholstery, making motorcycle side cars and, after the First World War, manufacturing full vehicle body shells. By 1924, the company was the exclusive supplier of car bodies for General Motors (GM) in Australia, and in 1931, Holden Motor Body Builders became a GM subsidiary.
In 1948, the company launched the Holden sedan, Australia’s first locally manufactured car. This was followed by the 50-2106 coupé utility, or “Ute”, popular across Australia due to its ability to stand up to rugged terrain.
In 1953, the FJ model was launched. It featured a new look and some minor mechanical modifications, and succeeded in cementing Holden’s domination of the Australian car market. Also in the 1950s, Holden began exporting its cars. By 1957, Holdens were available in 17 other countries, including South Africa.
Other key models produced by Holden have included:
- the Monaro sports coupé, introduced in 1968 and relaunched in 2001
- the Holden HR, released in 1966; its successor, the Holden HK; and the upgraded Holden Premier
- the smaller Commodore model of the 1970s, which became one of Australia’s top-selling passenger cars
- also in the 1970s, the Holden Sandman, a panel van complete with murals and popular especially with the surfing crowd
- the Caprice and the Holden Statesman, large rear-wheel drive sedans introduced in 1990.
With declining sales of large cars in Australia, Holden had ceased local production of cars in Australia by 2017. In 2020, General Motors announced its decision to retire the Holden brand.
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