The Holden Gemini was a popular car that was designed to be produced by various GM divisions around the world. The car we know as the Gemini was badged elsewhere as the Chevrolet Chevette, Opel Kadett and the Vauxhall Chevette.
The Australian Gemini was a product of Isuzu Japan, although it was produced at GM's Brisbane plant and boasted a high level of local content. It was powered by an Isuzu 1600cc engine producing 63Kw of power, mated to a four-speed floor shift manual transmission. A T-bar auto was optional. *It was offered in two body styles - a four-door or two door coupe. The Gemini was an instant hit in Australia with the four-door SL model the most popular.
Inside all models featured high-backed front bucket seats, two column mounted control stalks and front disc brakes.
SL specification added push button AM radio with rear speaker, electric clock and cigarette lighter. Externally SL models were distinguished by pin striping, wheel covers, chrome sill mouldings and SL badges on front guards. An option on SL coupes was a 'fashion pack', which added coloured plaid seats and door seat trims and spoke style wheel covers. Early Geminis were badged as Holden Isuzu, with later models badged as Holden Gemini. The TX was replaced by the TC Gemini in March 1977, having achieved immense success.
In brief: TX Holden Gemini
Introduced: February 1975
Models: 8TE69 - Gemini four-door; 8TF60 - Gemini SL four-door; 8TF27 - Gemini SL Coupe; 8TF27 (opt A8T) Gemini SL Fashion Pack coupe.
Engine: 1600 OHC four cylinder
Transmissions: M20 four-speed manual or optional M40 three-speed trimatic T-bar auto. Early models used MSE type four-speed transmission with reverse to the left. November 1975 saw the introduction of the MSG four speed gearbox with reverse to the right and back. This was used on all subsequent Geminis.
Design origin: GM Opel
Front track: 1301mm
Rear track: 1318mm
HxWxL: 1318 x 1570 x 4133mm
Standard equipment: High-backed front bucket seats, 4-speed floor shift, two column stalks, hazard flashers, front disc brakes. SL equipment added; push button AM radio, electric clock, cigarette lighter, heater.
Fashion Pack: Coloured plaid seats and door trim inserts, spoked type wheel covers.
Price at introduction: Four-door Gemini $4.026, Four-door SL $4,335, Two-door SL coupe $4,482.
Number built: TX Gemini - 43,099