Once the sedan body has been completed, the final assembly takes place. Front and rear axels are fitted. New parts are constantly added as the car moves along the assembly line – the six cylinder motor, the dashboard, the headlights. The wheel alignment and axel are tested by machine. On reaching the end of the production line, an ‘Australian car is born’. The car is now ready for the road.
As the car drives across Australia’s roads, a voice-over talks about the triumph for Australian industry.
This clip is from the final minutes of the film. As one of the Holden prototypes (the JP-480) drives out on the Australian roads, the scripted narration conveys a strong sense of national pride.
The National Museum of Australia holds the only surviving prototype of the three Holden sedans which were manufactured by hand in the United States and imported and tested in Australia in 1948. The Museum also holds in its collection the first 48-215 Holden that officially rolled off the General Motors-Holden assembly line at Fishermen’s Bend, Victoria, on 29 November 1948. This model was commonly known as the FX.