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1973 Chevrolet Kommando Station Wagon [AQ]

1973 Chevrolet Kommando [AQ] in Goodbye Bafana, Movie, 2007 IMDB

Class: Cars, Wagon — Model origin: AU — Built in: ZA — Made for: ZA

1973 Chevrolet Kommando Station Wagon [AQ]

[*] Background vehicle

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Citsa ZA

2008-01-20 22:45

Chevrolet Commando (Holden sold in ZA as such)

DynaMike NL

2008-01-20 22:47

And also built locally, I suppose?

Citsa ZA

2008-01-21 00:11

DynaMike wrote And also built locally, I suppose?

Yes, FWIW - GM has been building/assembling cars in Port Elizabeth, ZA since 1925

nzcarnerd NZ

2008-01-21 08:26

I had never seen one of these before - an interesting mix of Holden HQ (1971 on) with a 1970 (?) Chevelle nose on it. The only odd ZA GM car I have seen in NZ was a Viva HC badged as a Chevrolet and powered by a 4 cylinder (ca.150 cubic inch) Chevy 2 engine.

valiant1962 AU

2008-01-21 21:25

From the 1960's Holdens were exported around the world, even a few left hand drives. Chev Kommandos were a standard HQ Holden with a grille and trim unique to ZA. I believe they were exported from Australia. According to this site HQ Holdens were sold as AQ Kommandos from 1973-75. HQ Statesmans were sold as AQ De Villes and Constantias. HQ utes were also sold as El Caminos. Supprisingly earlier model Holden Monaro coupes were sold as Holdens and Chevrolet SSs in ZA at the same time.
http://www.moby302.co.za/general_motors/chevrolet.html
http://www.moby302.co.za/general_motors/chev/chev_kommando_1974tc.JPG
Link to "www.moby302.co.za"

garco NL

2008-01-21 21:30

Isn't that an interesting bus in the background?

chris40 UK

2008-01-21 23:07

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er ... garco ... is watching crap movies getting to you? [:boulet]

garco NL

2008-01-22 10:17

I watch it FWD...(4x speed)

-- Last edit: 2008-01-22 21:33:06

SAcars NZ

2011-02-17 22:18

Actually the De Ville's, Constantias and Kommando's were built in South Africa. They were Holden cars badged and slightly modified to resemble Chevrolet's but they were not imported from Australia. Some of the parts were imported to SA, but due to SA's protectionist import regulations of the time and high local content requirements it was impossible to import them. SA had a prolific car industry (of many makes)from early on which is why the country has today grown into an important exporter of righthand steering German brands like Mercedes, VW, BMW etc.
The Holden sourced Chevrolet's were the last of the popular chevrolets in SA. The 70's oil crises decimated their popularity and technologically they were not able to compete with the increasingly popular German cars. South Africa was very wealthy and Mercedes Benz was increasingly becoming the common man's car. The Chev/Holdens were technologically antiquated compared to these cars. Also note the names of the Chev' Holdens, i.e. Constantia and Kommando were iconic Afrikaner patrotic symbols. GM was apealing to its primary market. Afrikaner nationalism was at a height and the country was flourishing. For this reason the 'Chevs' also had to be upgraded to resemble a more plush luxurious version of the Holdens. The only way they could compete with the German cars was by making them cheap and excessively luxurious by the standards of the time. Unfortunately even that could not save them as as the Afrikaner's love affair with Mercedes Benz and BMW replaced the Chevrolet and Ford loyalty of a previous era. This was a direct reult of the country's growing wealth.

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