Australia’s first cars – the Holden and the Thomson phaeton

There was much excitement about the “first car to be made to order in this country”.

The Barrier Miner – 23 Jan 1948

Those carefully chosen words were perhaps in recognition of the Thomson motor phaeton in a feature article in The Argus of 2 October 1948,

You could order this booklet (The Hobart Mercury – 7 October 1948) to get the story of the new Australian car.

And here it is – courtesy of the Australian Women’s Weekly – 11 June 1949.  A little prettier than the phaeton and weather-proof too.



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