Our HOLDEN FIRST AND LAST is of course a commemorative plate in recognition of Holden car manufacturing in Australia. Sadly, the iconic Australian car manufacturer HOLDEN ceased vehicle and engine production in Australia on 20 October 2017.
Holden began manufacturing cars in Port Melbourne in 1948 but the Elizabeth facility didn’t open until 1958, initially building car bodies before becoming a vehicle assembly line in 1965.
Holden factories at other sites in NSW, Queensland and Victoria followed before they too were shut. In the end, Holden will have built a total of 7.6 million cars — including more than 2.3 million Commodores, not including exports — versus Ford Australia’s tally of 5.9 million vehicles and Toyota Australia’s total of 3.4 million.
The 48-215 was the first model from General Motors in Australia to bear the Holden name. In mainstream parlance, the official name of "Holden 48-215" was eschewed in favour of the shortened "Holden" designation. Following the replacement of the first Holden, the 48-215 gained the unofficial nickname of Holden FX
The 7,687,675th vehicle to be produced by the company and the last car that rolled off the production line in Holden’s Elizabeth factory in Adelaide’s northern suburbs was a Redline Holden Commodore SS-V, which is expected to be a collector’s item. That historic occasion marked the end of almost a century of automotive manufacturing for Australia, and 69 years for Holden. It was the end of the era for the Australian car manufacturing industry
There are two versions of this plate as shown in the gallery and drop down menu. One with a plain background and the other with the Aussie flag background
This popular plate comes standard as completely flat and non-embossed but for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu.
These novelty number plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces.
Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here
For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition
If you would like plates made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment. The key is good art, and we can do
ANY GRAPHIC! ANY DESIGN! ANY COLOUR!
For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design
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