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Added to gallery:19th Apr 2001
Contributer:Dave Australia

"These are some pics of my Holden Gemini panelvans. They are all 1978 models. The Red one with the mural went to the wreckers - sooooo rusty. The Blue van (before and after shots) looked good, but I think it might have had a huge prang during it's life, because like Christine, it kept trying to kill me.

The last (and best) one is the chamois coloured "BreadVan" as I call it. I race it at Mallala race way and at Collingrove Hillclimbs, both north of Adelaide, Australia. It runs a stock Isuzu G161Z 1584cc engine with a DGV Weber, extractors and a 2" exhaust. The wheels are 80's BMW steel wheels. The colour is the original 'chamois' that was the stock colour on just about every Holden commercial vehicle throughout the 1970s.

The Holden Gemini ran mainly imported Isuzu mechanicals, Australian-made Isuzu dashboard and interior on the sedans and coupes from 1975. All panels were pressed in Australia. Diff and auto box (if fitted) were built in Australia. From 1978, the wagon and panelvan used imported rear panels from either the UK or Germany, while still running the Isuzu mechanicals.

The final photo is of a cruise I organised that took place 31 March 2001. On the cruise we had 6 wagons and 6 vans, which was a nice turnout. Notice how later wagons and vans used the Japanese-designed front (post 1979) coupled with the original Opel-designed rear panels.

Cars on the cruise had everything under their bonnets from twin-cam Isuzu engines (non-standard in Australia), a Toyota 4AGE, a Nissan FJ20 and a couple with G161Z and G180Z with EFI and turbos!

Check out more Australian Holden Geminis in sedan, coupe, wagon and panelvan form at: http://www.hotgemini.com/"



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