Kōrero: Cars and the motor industry

Car assembly at the Colonial Motor Company

Model T Fords were big business by 1922, when the Colonial Motor Company opened this nine-storey building in York Street in central Wellington. Car components shipped from the Ford factory in Canada were assembled with locally-manufactured fittings. Car bodies and chassis were lowered through successive floors of the building, with engines, wheels and trim added as they descended. The finished product was warehoused on the ground floor. 

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The Colonial Motor Company

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Eric Pawson, 'Cars and the motor industry - Car imports and the assembly industry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/interactive/22840/car-assembly-at-the-colonial-motor-company (accessed 19 September 2021)

He kōrero nā Eric Pawson, i tāngia i te 11 Mar 2010, updated 15 Dec 2014