Holden Prototype Car No. 1.

  1. Photograph by George Serras, National Museum of Australia.

The Holden is a cultural icon of 1950s Australia. The car symbolised Australian dreams of prosperity and innovation following years of wartime austerity. Prototype No 1 is one of three surviving test sedans built
by hand in 1946 by American and Australian engineers at the General Motors workshop in Detroit. On January 1, 1947, the car arrived at the Fishermans Bend factory in Melbourne and became the prototype for
the Holden’s 48/215 (also known as the FX), the first of which rolled off the assembly line on November 29, 1948. This was the first car wholly manufactured in Australia — it was economical, sturdy and stylish and was immediately popular with the public. By 1958, 40 per cent of cars sold in Australia were Holdens.

To learn more visit: nma.gov.au/explore/collection/highlights/holden-prototype-car-no-1