Holden was founded in Adelaide in 1856 as a saddlery manufacturer. The company began building car bodies in 1919; at one stage the company produced bodies for Ford vehicles prior to the opening of Ford’s Geelong plant.

GM purchased the company in 1931, and the Holden name was chosen was for Australia’s first locally designed, engineered and produced vehicle.

Who is Holden named after?

Holden is named after James Alexander Holden who founded the saddlery company in 1856, as well as Edward Holden who started the company's car body building business in 1919.


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