End of an era with Holden closing its Adelaide factory

It’s the end of the line for Australian car manufacturing, with Holden’s South Australian factory shutting its doors.

The Elizabeth factory opened in 1963, producing up to 780 vehicles a day during its peak between June 2003 and July 2005, including the VY Commodore, the Adventura, Crewman, Caprice and Statesman.

Production slowed to about 175 cars a day in its final year.

Holden fans lined the street outside the factory, as the last car rolled off the production line at about 11am on Friday.

It would be the last day on the job for 950 workers, they would join the 800 others who have left since the 2013 announcement confirmed the company would withdraw from the country.

Up to 700 employees, including designers, engineers and technical staff would remain in Melbourne.

The closure of the Elizabeth factory brought to an end almost a century of automotive manufacturing for Australia.

The company has confirmed there would be about 10,000 people who would remain directly employed through Holden and its dealership network.

Despite the closure, it appeared the company’s older cars were still in demand. Earlier this year a vintage Holden nabbed a new Australian record, selling at auction for $312,000.