1856 – Holden Saddlery opens.
James Alexander Holden opened his Holden saddlery in Adelaide and quickly became a reputable manufacturer of horse saddles, harnesses and equipment.
The company supplied equestrian equipment in the Boer War. It gradually began to change its focus to manufacturing vehicle hardware.
In 1887 James’s son Henry James Holden took over the business after his father’s death, setting Holden on the path to becoming one of Australia’s leading car manufacturers.
1917 – Entry into the automotive industry.
Holden was supplying Chevrolet bodies for General Motors and also made car bodies for Ford. By 1924 they were sole supplier for G.M.
1931 – GM Australia and Holden merge.
General Motors in Australia merged with Holden to become General Motors-Holden’s Ltd. Ford and General Motors-Holden’s dominated the fledgling automotive industry during this period.
1948 – ‘Made in Australia.’
Holden manufactured the FX 48-215, the first car ‘made in Australia, for Australia’.
Ben Chifley, the prime minister (above), launched production of the car on 29 November, 1948, describing the FX as a ‘beauty’.
The model was enormously successful, leading to waiting lists stretching almost a year ahead from when the car was first released.
A total of 120,402 cars were made in its six-year run. Holden continued its ascendancy throughout the 1950s and 1960s, introducing many new models.
via Guardian Australia.
Image Credit: Photograph and caption by Lorraine Yip / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
Traveling through Cuba in a vintage 1950 Chevrolet with a speedometer which no longer works.
We were passing by the city of Camagey known for its winding streets.
The modern American Hawaiian hula figure and yellow taxi cab sign on the dashboard adds to the time travel-esque element of the classic Chevrolet, set against the backdrop of an old and perhaps dilapidated , but not forgotten, Cuba.
The Riley cousins are meeting up on Big Bash Day to celebrate years of friendship and fun. The Riley below is Wayne who I think might be from Darwin. Alex doesn’t tell me much although I notice that Wayne is wearing a Jaguar T-shirt.
Knowing that our Alex would not give it away (T-shirt) I assume Wayne may have a Jaguar. I hope he has.
Meanwhile, here is our Alex bearing a Riley T-shirt. What’s this all about Alex? Here is the answer from Wikipedia.
|Fate||Acquired by William Morris in 1938 thereafter with Morris Motors Limited|
|Founded||1896 as The Riley Cycle Company|
Riley was a British motorcar and bicycle manufacturer from 1890. Riley became part of the Nuffield Organisation in 1938 and was merged into the British Leyland Motor Corporation in 1968. ln July 1969 British Leyland announced the immediate end of Riley production, 1969 was a difficult year for the UK auto industry and many cars from Riley’s inventory may have been first registered in 1970.
Today, the Riley trademark is owned by BMW.
Delahaye Type 165: The Most Beautiful French Car of the 1930s
The Delahaye Type 165 is viewed by many as the most beautiful French car of the 1930s, only 5 of them were ever made with this one having been fatefully chosen by the French government to represent France at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
Shortly after the car arrived at New York customs, Germany invaded Poland and set off World War II, thus the Delahaye became stranded in no-mans land where it sat for 8 long years before being acquired by a Beverly Hills car dealer for the staggering (at the time) sum of $12,000 USD.
Last man standing
The winner of a demolition derby in Nebraska stands on the wreck of his car. Photograph: Gregory Halpern
“It’s a bizarre phenomenon,” says the US photographer Gregory Halpern. “People take these junkyard cars and fix them up so that the engine works, even though the shell is a total wreck.
Then the cars drive around in a muddy arena, spewing dirt everywhere and ramming into each other – and the last car still driving wins.
”He’s talking about a very American motor sport called demolition derby, one of many striking activities he documented during his visits to Nebraska over the past 14 years.
Halpern (born in Buffalo, New York state, in 1977) was invited to do an artist’s residency in the state’s largest city, Omaha.
Taking photos of midwestern life over the course of six months, he gradually zeroed in on the subject of hypermasculinity, which he felt was “much more celebrated and part of the visual culture in Nebraska” than in coastal cities such as San Francisco, where he was teaching photography at the time.
Out of the photos from his first visit, he created Omaha Sketchbook, self-published in 2009 using a laser printer and running to just 35 copies.
Ten years and several return visits later, Halpern – who received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014 – has updated (and upgraded) Omaha Sketchbook for a wider readership, though the images remain at contact-sheet dimensions.
At the demolition derby, Halpern captured the winner standing triumphantly on the roof of his battered car as smoke spews out in all directions.
It may look like something out of Mad Max but Halpern says the event felt “good-natured: the crowd is drinking and cheering. Sometimes fights will break out, but generally speaking it’s bizarrely fun”.
Volkswagen is bringing an end to its much-loved Beetle car this week at its plant in Puebla, Mexico.
Volkswagen’s Beetle was conceived by the Nazis in 1938.
Production of the car under Nazi rule never happened, but was restarted with the British.
The marque produced over 21 million versions, and was embraced around the world
It’s the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolised many things over a history spanning the eight decades since 1938.
Initially birthed as a project of Germany’s Third Reich, it then became a symbol of Germany’s post-war economic renaissance and rising middle-class prosperity.
Today, the Beetle stands as a formidable piece of 20th-century design — about as recognisable as a Coca Cola bottle.
The car’s original design — a rounded silhouette with seating for four or five, nearly vertical windshield and the air-cooled engine in the rear — can be traced back to Austrian engineer Ferdinand Porsche, the founder and namesake of fellow German marque, Porsche.
He was commissioned by Adolf Hitler to create a “people’s car” that would make motoring widespread among the German people, which was then known as the KdF-Wagen — the acronym of the Nazi labour organisation, Kraft durch Freude (Strength through Joy).
Preparation for the vehicle even involved creating a purpose-built factory town, which was then known as the City of the KdF car at Fallersleben.
Aspects of the car bore similarities to the Tatra T97, made in Czechoslovakia in 1937, and to sketches by Hungarian engineer Bela Barenyi published in 1934.
But due to World War II, production of the Beetle never happened. Instead, the factory switched to military vehicle production, using forced labour sourced from occupied Europe. Liberated by US troops in April 1945, the factory town was renamed Wolfsburg a month later. By June of that year, control of the factory was turned over to Britain.
In total, over 21 million original Volkswagen Beetles were produced in its lifetime. The Kombi Van was a big seller in the 1960s.
But not all Brits were immediately on the side of the Beetle, with automotive baron Sir William Rootes telling a meeting of the country’s leading car manufacturers the vehicle would be “quite unattractive to the average motorcar buyer”.
By the end of 1949, the Volkswagen factory had produced over 45,000 vehicles, and had transferred ownership over to the West German government and the state of Lower Saxony, which still owns part of the company.
By 1955, the one millionth Beetle, officially called the Type 1, had left the assembly line.
Photos of the Morgan 4/4, the Morgan Motor Company’s First Car With Four Wheels.
The Morgan 4/4 is an automobile which has been produced by the Morgan Motor Company since 1936.
It was Morgan’s first car with four wheels, the name indicating that the model has four wheels and four cylinders (earlier Morgans had been three-wheelers, typically with V-twin engines).
Early publicity and advertising material variously referred to the model as “4/4”, “4-4”, “Four Four” and similar names, but from the outset the factory designation was always “4/4”.
According to the Morgan Motor Company, the 4/4 is the longest running production vehicle in the world and has built up iconic status during that time.
It’s still being built today.
Source: vintage everyday: 1930s
Image Credit: Photograph by Myriam Beatriz Mahiques.
The perfect companion.
When I came back to my car at this parking lot, I found this fancy old car with a serene beautiful dog looking straight back at me.
It let me take lots of pictures. I have selected this one because the dog looks so human and the perfect companion for his master, who must adore him or her.
The sun was blinding me, and this is the result, a little Surrealist quick pic.