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Birdwood Motor Museum holdin’ on to Mrs Holden’s Holden

Melissa Smith

The much-loved “Mrs Holden’s Holden” has found a permanent home at the National Motor Museum at Birdwood, thanks to the State Government.

Mrs. Holden’s Holden was owned by a private collector and had been displayed at the National Motor Museum through a long-term loan, but with the owner wishing to sell the car, there was a risk of losing a treasured part of South Australia’s history.

“The Holden 48-215 became the first mass-manufactured and sold car in Australia and Adelaide is the home of Holden, and its birthplace. Its origin story runs deep in our state and of course, Mrs Holden is a part of that story. I am thrilled we have been able to support the permanent public display of a significant piece of South Australia’s automotive history,” said Minister Blair Boyle.

Built in Adelaide and assembled in Victoria in 1948, Mrs. Holden’s Holden was one of the first Holdens sold, and significant vehicles like this are one of the driving reasons people visit the National Motor Museum.

History Trust CEO, Greg Mackie encourages South Australians to visit the National Motor Museum in Birdwood “to see this beautiful vehicle up close.”

With over 350 vehicles on display, the Museum is also home to “Holden Heroes”, including the Hurricane (1969), the unique Torana GTR-X (1970), as well as the Number One Holden (1948), and the very last Australian-made Holden, a VF Commodore Series II SS Redline (2017).

GM plays a significant role in South Australia’s cultural and economic history and it’s important these relics are celebrated and not forgotten.

Mrs. Holden’s Holden is now permanently on display in the National Motor Museum’s exhibition ‘Sunburnt Country’.

More information on the National Motor Museum can be found here.


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