Interesting Facts: Holden Gemini

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Interesting Facts: Holden Gemini

Remember the Holden Gemini? Of course you do! The popular small car was a very common sight on the roads not all that long ago.

Chances are if you see a Holden Gemini today it’s been heavily modified and is probably being driven by someone younger than the car itself!

The Gemini has had a long and proud history in Australia and we thought we would present a few interesting facts that you might not know, or have forgotten, about the Holden Gemini…

  • The Holden Gemini was named Wheels Car of the Year in 1975.
  • The first edition Holden Gemini could be yours from just $3,653 and featured a 1.6 litre engine and four-speed manual transmission.
  • By 1988 the Holden Gemini had a starting price of $13,158 and featured a 52kW 1.4 litre engine.
  • The top-spec 1988 Holden Gemini SL/E cost from $15,260 and offered a four-speed auto transmission and alloy wheels.
  • The Holden Gemini was offered in sedan, coupe, three-door station wagon and panel van body-styles.
  • Holden built the Gemini initially at its factory in Brisbane, then later at Elizabeth in South Australia.
  • The Holden Gemini was built on a General Motors platform that it shared with models such as the Pontiac T1000 and Chevrolet Chevette.
  • From 1981 you could get a Holden Gemini powered by a 1.8 litre Isuzu diesel engine.
  • The second-generation Holden Gemini was front-wheel drive.
  • In 2006 the Used Car Safety Ratings listed the 1982–1984 Holden Gemini as providing “significantly worse than average” protection for its occupants in the event of a crash.
  • In 1987 the Holden Gemini was replaced in the Holden line-up with a rebadged version of the Nissan Pulsar that was known as the Holden Astra.
  • The last time the Gemini was available in Australia was in the early 1990’s and with Isuzu badges.

Check out this cool Holden Gemini promotional film…

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