Automobile hub cap, Holden 48/215, metal, made by General Motors Holden, Australia, 1948-1953
The Holden 48-215 was not only the first car to be mass produced in Australia, but also the one on which the success of the company was built. The beginnings of this iconic Australian car can be traced back to 1926 when American company General Motors established a car assembly plant in Australia.
In 1948 the commercial manufacture of the Holden car was begun, with the first Holden 48-215 (popularly known as the FX) being shown to the public on 29 November 1948. Holden's domination of the locally built family car market, reflected in the slogan "Australia's Own Car", was checked only after the release in the early 1960s of serious competitors from rival United States based manufacturers Ford (with the Falcon) and Chrysler (with the Valiant).
This hub cap is from a Holden 48-215 produced between 1948 and 1953.
Geoff Barker, March, 2007
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