Last of many Geminis on show

Last of many Geminis on show
Last of many Geminis on show
Last of many Geminis on show
Last of many Geminis on show

GENERAL Motors built more than a million Holden Geminis from 1973 to 1986, probably 10 per cent of them ending up in WA – and some went on show at McCallum Park recently as part of a national Gemini Day.

WA’s contribution came to about 30 of the sturdy little cars, which were sold as sedans, coupes and wagons in their day.

The Geminis were based on Japanese Isuzus and built at Holden’s Queensland plant.

Like most 50-or-so-year-old models there are not a great many left on the nation’s roads and many of the survivors have been restored, customised or hot-rodded by enthusiasts.

A sporty looking ZZ/Z version appeared in 1983 but it had standard mechanical components, unlike the Isuzu ZZ/R, a real firecracker that was not sold in Australia.

ZZ/Zs are the rarest of Geminis, with just a handful left, but a superb example was on show at the Perth venue.