1978 Holden Gemini Panelvan (base model) 1.6 inline SOHC four from Australia and New Zealand
Sleep in it, race it, fang it, drive it, love it
Like most Geminis with fat tyres, the torque tube has suffered with repeated abuse off the line - however, that said, their differentials are extremely good, so torque tube breakage is easily dealt with.
The seats often work themselves loose - every six months or so...
The high beams turn on when I indicate with the headlights on.
The rear bumper needs some help to stay on - panel van bumpers are prone to abuse being commercial vehicles.
The head gasket blew recently, 10 years after it was last attended to - that's not bad!!!
While my Gemini may be a van, it handles like an absolute demon. It runs 205/60 14 rubber on BMW steel rims, and is equipped with Pedders after-market lowered shocks and springs.
I race it frequently at Mallala raceway and am very happy with the handling (wish I had some race tyres though...).
The seats are very comfortable and I have no problems spending all day in them when I travel to Sydney from my home town (about 1800km away). They are wearing, but good-condition replacements are cheap. The interior is very worn, but this is normal for a 1978 Gemini - it has plenty of room, and can accommodate a 6 foot person sleeping in the load area (just).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th August, 2001