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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?

    • Bo Malo
      Bo Malo

      I would actually love a maloo in the states lol

    • Danny Zeigler
      Danny Zeigler

      Tell James to do up to speed on John Lingenfelter

    • Carlos Wirihana
      Carlos Wirihana

      My VF Commodore and its NOT the shit v6 😂

    • Luke Salamacha
      Luke Salamacha

      the good ol' GTR XU1

    • tj323i

      VF2 SS Motorsport edition Or Torana SLR5000 if going old school.

  • davide vallieri
    davide vallieri

    Any Ute that I can use to walk around my sheep mate

  • nathan mccook
    nathan mccook

    We needed the maloo in the states lol

  • tbash96

    The camaro in the background 😍😍😍

  • Sylentlight

    Can confirm part of the end of the video - Holden Acadia is built right here in Spring Hill, Tennessee alongside the GMC Acadia (no way, really?!?!), Cadillac XT-5, and Cadillac XT-6. Even though they are essentially a sticker swap of the GMC version I actually think the Holden version looks incredible!

  • Golden Retriever
    Golden Retriever

    I think the Holden sandman kinda looks like a hearse I guess aussies have no fear of death

  • Spencer Lagman
    Spencer Lagman

    Holden Monaro also sold in UK as a Vauxhall Monaro and VXR8

  • Blurgamer 17
    Blurgamer 17

    Holden wanted to End off the non-HSV Commodore by fitting one with an LS3 containing 304 Kw (407 Hp) on a Performance-Oriented, 95-98 Octane Sedan: The VF2 SSV Redline. I know this because my mother has one in Blue.

  • Shane Doyle
    Shane Doyle

    Loved the energy. Accurate enough to be informative.

  • Harry Selby
    Harry Selby


  • 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.

  • bryce kearins
    bryce kearins


  • Glenn Corey
    Glenn Corey


  • Caleb Webb
    Caleb Webb

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

  • 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

  • K. O
    K. O

    my mum used to own a VX commodore

  • 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.

  • Simon Horsfall
    Simon Horsfall

    Missing the HDT & Peter Brock History.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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???

  • nome

    VL Turbo is the best

  • Fuzaneko

    Dat spoiler tho!

  • thefreakgamer1080p

    Loved the video LMAO

  • 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

  • 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)

  • Michael Montero
    Michael Montero

    what about HDT?

  • KilljoyGatecrash

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

  • Luke McMahon
    Luke McMahon

    How did he miss the hsv w1

  • Goofball Gaming
    Goofball Gaming

    HDT Group A in Bathurst

  • Road Royalty
    Road Royalty

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

  • Mushypeas DMc
    Mushypeas DMc

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


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

    • Chef Vortivask
      Chef Vortivask

      barra the world

  • Ryan Stark
    Ryan Stark

    Americans are so fucking annoying

  • Levi Wynne
    Levi Wynne


  • Henry Hall
    Henry Hall

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

  • freels michael
    freels michael

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

  • Jallen

    The One With The Skyline Engine

  • Jallen


  • Willdrknght

    Now for FORD Australia my friend !

  • beyondthelol

    Colony* Singular. You are literally the only country COMMONWEALTH OR OTHERWISE that uses imperial okay GUY?

  • Andrew B
    Andrew B

    U forgot the caprice ppv which is also a commodore

  • Chris P
    Chris P

    Am I the only one thinking James is looking rough?

  • Dave Parsons
    Dave Parsons

    I love these videos. Best car channel on UA-my

  • laolvle

    Unsubscribe....don't need a commercial

  • Holden Rodriguez
    Holden Rodriguez

    My name is Holden dude I'm so so happy my car's name


    Shrimp on the barbie in Australia we call them prawns I’m an Australian just uggg

  • Evan Cashman
    Evan Cashman

    I know that he is miss pronouncing the words on purpose but mate you gotta get yourself checked before me thongs end up in ya budgey smugglers

  • Jesus Ibarra
    Jesus Ibarra

    Vegimite sandwich,nice reference

  • d Barn
    d Barn

    Holdens...literally built for skids

  • joe5vee

    why are you acting like such a dumb ass.

  • Almost Serious
    Almost Serious

    I had an 06 GTO...Sad she's gone but I would love to have a Yute...I heard there was guy out west that imports them...

  • Crash Gaming
    Crash Gaming

    My god I would love a Maloo. You should do one just on maloos

  • luqee watt
    luqee watt

    The guy doesn't sound australian one bit sounds like a wanker to me

  • lvluzify

    ua-my.com/watchvideo/%D0%B2%D1%96%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%BE-syxYX6OmxCM.html and that

  • lvluzify

    ua-my.com/watchvideo/%D0%B2%D1%96%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%BE-R_DhCAwvbnQ.html try that in detroit

  • Original PvP
    Original PvP

    Fucken Americans stole our cars from us get fucked cunt give us holden back

  • Golden Retriever
    Golden Retriever

    I wish Holden was available in the states And before you say WELL IT WAS AS A CHEVY SS OR PONTIAC GTO No I’m talking about Holden exporting their cars to the US as Holdens I think there’s a market for that and I do believe people would buy them in the states

  • Joshua Martin
    Joshua Martin

    Can I get a video on the Pontiac Gran Prix yet?!!

  • HooN Control92
    HooN Control92

    3:10 im going to put this as politely as possible, THEY’RE FUCKING PRAWNS CUNT

  • yeetang swift
    yeetang swift

    Stop talking bout holden imma nut

  • jeff king
    jeff king

    Awww.....the sin bins 😎

  • Jonathan Simões
    Jonathan Simões

    The Monaro was sold in Brazil as Chevrolet Opala (with some minor tweaks).

  • splatterbashpop

    Was a farmer from Geelong who wanted a car to drive the pigs to market on friday and the wife to church on sunday, and wrote to the head of GM, thus the world was blessed with the first mass production Ute

    • Doom Guy
      Doom Guy

      Wrong. he wrote to ford. Ford made the first ute, not holden.

  • Elias Carpano
    Elias Carpano

    The holden vl and co group A we're not made by HSV it was HDT in partnership with Peter brock learn your holden history

  • Kers1

    I have a feeling half the comments are going to be Aussie ford fan boys saying do a ford Aus vid next. (I like both btw)

  • Aaron Jones
    Aaron Jones

    1, you forgot the HSV GTSR W1 sedan and ute. 2, you didn't cover the GTS lineage and 3, THEY'RE CALLED PRAWNS!!!!

  • Yusuf :/
    Yusuf :/

    That opening reference tho..

  • Chris Nicholas
    Chris Nicholas


  • Ben Surgeoner
    Ben Surgeoner

    No aissie drinks coopers

  • praxis. ash
    praxis. ash

    Yeah G’day. Crickey!...that’s exactly how it happened! Bonza mate! No seriously, that was pretty much how it happened.

  • sixstringedthing

    *AUSSIE CARS - Everything You Really Need To Know* Holden Commodore: Bogan car Holden Commodore Ute: Bogan tradie/farmer car HSV: Cashed-up bogan car HSV Ute: Cashed-up bogan tradie/farmer car (1 demerit point left before license suspension) HSV Senator: Cashed-up bogan car with delusions of grandeur Ford Falcon: Bogan Taxi (extra bogan points for factory LPG) Ford Falcon Ute: Bogan Taxi used mainly for circle work Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo: Bogan Taxi with extra psssht FPV GT: Cashed-up bogan Taxi FPV Pursuit/Super Pursuit: Cashed-up bogan Taxi with bald rear tyres

  • FreeFighter

    Now you need to do Australian Fords to even it out.

  • Mike C
    Mike C

    I can't stop watching 12:29 - 12:35 GOLD!

  • John McRae
    John McRae

    F^cken ripper Holden history mate. You were so enthusiastic and you got so many facts right that we are making you an honorary Australian Bogan.

  • fireflowbabyg

    Hsv maloooooo!!!!!

  • PoopyMcBunns PoopyMcMuffins
    PoopyMcBunns PoopyMcMuffins

    Was that Big Chungus when you said rocket bunny kit

  • Damon Haughton
    Damon Haughton

    Duuude killed it, Did the Holden brand justice. Love your videos. OZZIE OZZIE OZZIE OI OI OI

  • Brady Meyers
    Brady Meyers

    W I L K E N S H A W Close, but it's actually Walkinshaw.

  • Ali YAri
    Ali YAri

    ford barra!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TX Boi
    TX Boi

    Scooter + Bee = Scooby lol

  • Mustafa Sakızcıoğlu
    Mustafa Sakızcıoğlu

    Holden=Pure... POWEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRR *💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥*

  • Ibrahim Glibanovic
    Ibrahim Glibanovic

    Shrimp on the barbie.it’s fucking prawns mate lmao 😂

  • Christian Ompad
    Christian Ompad

    Sore wa ii desu.

  • Rob Ryan
    Rob Ryan

    Do the ford falcon. Way more interesting history

  • Shagganater

    that "Aussi" intro bit was so bad. lol

  • Riley Morrow
    Riley Morrow


  • Andrew Laughlin
    Andrew Laughlin

    Who cares about a heavy shitbox with a common af motor thats not even Australian made nor designed, needs to be a video about Falcons. The whole car in and out is Aus, unlike holden.

  • Jze

    my VE SV6 ute has been very happy for nearly a month because of this vid

  • Christian Poirier
    Christian Poirier


  • Rhyso

    You could do a whole other video on the bogan community and Holden. If you want real Aussie culture look no further.

  • street guru
    street guru

    Its pronounced Mon - R - 0. And yes we Pronounce Camaro wrong hahaha

  • street guru
    street guru

    Many mistakes. Bathurst was never 500ks it was 500 miles until the end of 1972 then it became 1000ks. The A9X Torana was a Holden 308 CID making 400BHP in race trim with a super T10 and ten bolt Holden diff it totally dominated touring car racing through out 78 and 79. winning Bathurst 78 by 1 lap then winning Bathurst 79 by 6 laps or 37 ks starting from poll leading every single lap of the race with Peter Brock setting the fastest lap time on the last lap and incase your wondering our races here are a standing start not rolling start. Its Walkinshaw not Wilkenshaw. The VL did get the Nissan 6 but it also got the Holden 308 redeveloped for unleaded fuel. As for the 3rd gen Commodore / Monaro the sketch was based on the VT not VX and that's what the concept car was but by the time they put it in to production the VT was replaced by the VX

  • Blahblahblah Blah
    Blahblahblah Blah

    Jesus, I feel like Im getting ADHD from listening to this guy. MONARO *MONAIROE*

  • Jackandmel

    Finally a non Australian who pronounces Bathurst properly

  • Conor Quin
    Conor Quin

    Australians love Kangaroos it's New Zealanders that love Sheep 😂 and it's Tom Walkinshaw not Wilkenshaw

  • Todd Matthews
    Todd Matthews

    For the record. Us kiwis made pavlova 😉

    • Todd Matthews
      Todd Matthews

      +MatthiasWRX 710 yeah

    • MatthiasWRX 710
      MatthiasWRX 710

      Todd Matthews nah

  • Phuoc Biach
    Phuoc Biach

    what about the Holden VF HSV GTS R?

    • Patrick Morton
      Patrick Morton

      And the W1

  • Samba

    Brisbane outfit not British lol And no Australian would even buy one now, very sad state of affairs in that dept

  • Tomo Rainns
    Tomo Rainns

    Gts r* producing 700hp is actually the most powerful Australian production car

    • street guru
      street guru

      With an American engine