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This is the story of the first Australian car company. From humble beginnings making saddles horses, to unleashing some of the baddest machines the Land Down Under has ever seen! From the 48-215, to the Monaro, Commodore, Torana, Maloo and beyond. This is the history of Holden!

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    • Donut Media
      Donut Media

      Alright you Aussies, which Holden is your favorite? Yanks, which Holden do you wish came to the US?

      about 29 days ago
    • Bo Malo
      Bo Malo In reply to Donut Media

      I would actually love a maloo in the states lol

      about 17 days ago
    • Danny Zeigler
      Danny Zeigler In reply to Donut Media

      Tell James to do up to speed on John Lingenfelter

      about 17 days ago
    • Carlos Wirihana
      Carlos Wirihana In reply to Donut Media

      My VF Commodore and its NOT the shit v6 😂

      about 18 days ago
    • Luke Salamacha
      Luke Salamacha In reply to Donut Media

      the good ol' GTR XU1

      about 18 days ago
    • tj323i
      tj323i In reply to Donut Media

      VF2 SS Motorsport edition

      Or Torana SLR5000 if going old school.

      about 20 days ago
    • Jayke Innes
      Jayke Innes

      As someone lucky enough to be from the sunburnt land i can safely say everyone from pussy little melbournites to real ocka aussies from the outback knows at least two people who where conceived in a "shagon wagon" as they are known.

      about 1 hour ago
    • bryce kearins
      bryce kearins


      about 2 hours ago
    • Glenn Corey
      Glenn Corey


      about 8 hours ago
    • Caleb Webb
      Caleb Webb

      Not one self respecting Australian eats prawns off a BBQ or drinks fucking Cooper's you dickhead

      about 8 hours ago
    • Rob Vegas
      Rob Vegas

      incorrect information in this video - the late generation monaro was an opel omega coupe from europe - very little if any of holden australia output was designed locally

      about 12 hours ago
    • K. O
      K. O

      my mum used to own a VX commodore

      about 13 hours ago
    • Leandro Escobar
      Leandro Escobar

      What about the Chevy/ Holden Caprice from the mid 2000's only in the middle East? That was weird to see on deployments.

      about 16 hours ago
    • Simon Horsfall
      Simon Horsfall

      Missing the HDT & Peter Brock History.

      about 17 hours ago
    • Mista Scott
      Mista Scott

      GM got rid of all of their cool cars which is why they suck as a company today. Get those old ass behind the time bastards out and get some new blood. I want a Holden with Lion decals, dammit.

      about 20 hours ago
    • Ethan Miller
      Ethan Miller

      Holden's are crap now because the brakes are catching on fire and same with their engines the been having foul use and now China Owens Holden so now it's not an Australian company anymore Holden my is well just going back to making saddles because that's the only thing that good at making

      about 22 hours ago
    • Gerald Gonzalez
      Gerald Gonzalez

      Wow! I never knew that Holden was truly a powerful car!! But when will we see the video for the Honda CRX???

      about 1 day ago
    • nome

      VL Turbo is the best

      about 1 day ago
    • Fuzaneko

      Dat spoiler tho!

      about 1 day ago
    • thefreakgamer1080p

      Loved the video LMAO

      about 1 day ago
    • Plymco USA
      Plymco USA

      Ahhhhh the 04 goat was LS1, the 05-06 was LS2. Kind of a big deal bro. Huge upgrade. I assume Monaro had the same engines.
      We forgive you though. Kind of

      about 1 day ago
    • michael dol
      michael dol

      Very good video, the "ute" was actually first designed far earlier by ford. And it was a car to take pigs to market during the week and nice enough for church on sundays, do one on the aussie ford falcons as they had alot going for them also (fastest production 4 door in the world at one point)

      about 1 day ago
    • Michael Montero
      Michael Montero

      what about HDT?

      about 1 day ago
    • KilljoyGatecrash

      Great to see some Australian cars on here. Great video - Its a shame Holden sucks now.

      about 1 day ago
    • Luke McMahon
      Luke McMahon

      How did he miss the hsv w1

      about 1 day ago
    • Goofball Gaming
      Goofball Gaming

      HDT Group A in Bathurst

      about 2 days ago
    • Road Royalty
      Road Royalty

      These things are amazing! Got the chance to drive 3 in New Zealand 😍😍 James I adore you!

      about 2 days ago
    • Mushypeas DMc
      Mushypeas DMc

      man i wash i was born in America. uk car's suck .

      about 2 days ago

      Do ford falcon australia next
      The xr6 turbos are full aussie made cars, including the engine

      about 2 days ago
    • Chef Vortivask
      Chef Vortivask In reply to LOOK IM BURNIN CUZ

      barra the world

      about 14 hours ago
    • Ryan Stark
      Ryan Stark

      Americans are so fucking annoying

      about 2 days ago
    • Levi Wynne
      Levi Wynne


      about 2 days ago
    • Henry Hall
      Henry Hall

      CL TYPE S - Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed !!!

      about 2 days ago
    • freels michael
      freels michael

      "Who wants a bed in their car" "everyone wanted a bed in their van!"

      about 2 days ago
    • Jallen

      The One With The Skyline Engine

      about 3 days ago
    • Jallen


      about 3 days ago