When PM Ben Chifley launched the First holden the 48-215 on 29 November 1948 he said “it’s a beauty”.
The best selling cars at the time were the Austin A40 Devon – a four cylinder 1.2 litre engine under 30 kW of power and the Morris Oxford with a slightly larger 4 cylinder.
The Holden had a 6 cylinder engine with 50% more power. It was bigger, smoother, more comfortable and better performing.
It weighed one tonne, it was shorter than a current Corolla, a top speed of 130km.hr and average about 9.4 l/100km.
It took nearly two years of the average wage to buy.