AMI The Start

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Australian Motor Industries The Start

A company called Motors was established in the 1920s for the of imported automobile distribution in The business expanded into production at its Port Melbourne, location starting in 1952 a new name: Standard Motor (Aust.) Pty. Ltd . The objective of the for building cars in Australia was to high import taxes, to local employment, and possibly an indigenous automobile industry. the Port Melbourne assembly became a birthplace for the Australian industry. The factory imported knock down (CKD) and had the capacity to assemble about 100 per day.

The company was listed on the Stock Exchange as Standard Products Ltd — the majority being Standard Triumph . It produced British models by the Standard Motor Company and the Motor Company (which had acquired in 1946). These were the Vanguard, Standard 8 and 10, and In addition, the company manufactured the tractor (Standard held the for the manufacture of these tractors, and provided the 4-cylinder wet sleeve (ex Vanguard).

The Vanguard was Standard’s in the Australian market. The automobile was by Standard’s Managing Director, Sir Black, as a car for sale in overseas — particularly Australia. its introduction in 1949, it was one of the few genuine to the Holden during the 1950s.

By 1956, the Standard Motor employed over 1600 at its modern assembly plant in Melbourne and the company had an extensive network all over Australia.

The company ran into financial in the late-1950s and the company regrouped and in was renamed Australian Motor Ltd. Besides Standard the AMI assembly plant now assembled cars from Germany, as as a full range of American (AMC) vehicles from the States. Other brands of were also assembled at the These included the Triumph range: the 2000, 2.5PI, and In the Australian market, the local of these cars gave a distinct price advantage their UK rival, the Rover As a result, the Triumphs considerably the equivalent Rovers, and these continue to be seen on Australian

I believe that AMI was located Graham and Bertie Streets Ѕ kilometre south of the Yarra — an area that has now given way to the Westgate Freeway. heard that around AMI were assembling Toyotas, Vanguards, Triumph Heralds, from American Motor Mercedes Benz sedans and Benz trucks. A pair of Benz trucks would be assembled in a separate area at the end of the plant while the MB sedans, and Ramblers etc. would down an assembly line. I that it was only for a brief that AMI assembled the Triumph as it was to prove unsuccessful. The story that the car was too fragile had a tendency for to pop out on rough unmade Aussie

The sedan assembly line up one side of the factory through the shop and then back for final installation of the mechanicals and Up in the roof area of one section of the a mezzanine floor had been This housed the trim where the seats, door and head linings were There were rows of machines and large work where the vinyl and cloth were cut out in preparation for sewing and

I also believe that, on the line below, it was quite to see Vanguards, Heralds and Ramblers moving down the line in and all of the same colour as the paint used the same colour for a of makes and models. I guess it was probably only by good that different makes and were assembled with the pieces!

The hours of work at the factory from about 7.30 am to pm. At the lunch break the line was and the workers made their way to the canteen. We hear that the AMI served pretty good and because they were subsidised, were very value — a fine would be had for about 2/6. I that for many workers was their main meal for the

Over the two week period Christmas New Year, the assembly would be shut down to out maintenance of the machinery, tools and jigs. I have heard this was good opportunity to a bit extra as there was plenty of available including weekends and holidays. On Boxing Day the pay was double for the first four hours triple time for the next hours.

Operations with AMC

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AMI a broad range of AMC cars, all right-hand drive and carried the brand name. This that Australians could a Rambler Javelin, AMX, or Matador long after the marque was dropped from use on the U.S.-made models.

Complete knock down were shipped from Kenosha, Wisconsin facility knock-down kits to all assembly were from Kenosha), but the cars were assembled a percentage of local content to tariff concessions. This was using parts and components as seats, carpet, lights, and from local Australian AMI specified what parts not to be included in the unassembled kits by AMC. That’s why the door tag on an AMI car has no trim number — AMC know how it would be trimmed That’s also why colour was limited in Australia — the were painted at the body just like all bodies to Kenosha. AMI therefore had to order colours, and only had a limited of each. Instead of being assembled the body had the engine, front suspension and rear installed (as well as a few other such as door latches), and was pulled from the line. necessary parts specified by the were boxed and shipped the car for assembly at the final destination. It is exactly how many parts included to be installed by the assembly that varied with operation.


American Motors cars assembled in Port Melbourne by AMI up to The company retained a niche as the sole U.S. sourced available in the Australian marketplace. For the Government of New South Wales the Rambler Rebel and Matador as VIP in the 1970s.

Toyota and Buyout

The Toyota ever built Japan was assembled by AMI in April the Toyota Tiara. The AMI production of expanded in the 1960s to also the Crown, Corona, and Corolla at AMI’s Port Melbourne As a fast growing company, Motor Corporation of Japan a controlling interest in AMI in 1968, as as a 40% share in Thiess Holdings, an of light commercial vehicles, it renamed Thiess Toyota.

the majority owner of the company and the that it manufactured and marketed, AMI itself as AMI Toyota Ltd in 1985. The continued to be listed on the Australian Exchange with a minority shareholding until 1987, Toyota moved to acquire the held by the remaining shareholders.

The Japanese company then the company with its other operations in 1989 to form two The Toyota Motor Corporation which was responsible for passenger and Toyota Motor Sales which was responsible for both commercial vehicles and Hino

Toyota vehicle production was from the historic Port factory to the company’s new $420 facility at Altona, Victoria in In an interesting turn of operations, the facility now exports CKD kits to plants in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

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