The Holden TD Gemini Panelvan series was introduced in April 1978, the most major change over the TC being the introduction of “Radial Tuned Suspension” (RTS) and the option of a five-speed manual transmission. The differential was replaced with a small Salisbury unit as used in the UC Torana, it used tapered Timken wheel bearings as found on all larger Holdens since mid-1971. In April 1979, the rear brakes were changed to Commodore leading-trailing rear drum assemblies.

Exterior appearance was changed with the introduction of a new grille, rectangular headlights (round on base models), wheels were now 13″ x 5″, rear number plate was relocated in place of the rear garnish panel. A panel van and three-door wagon were also added to the range, the rear bodywork pressings being from the British Vauxhall Chevette/Bedford Chevanne range.

Also new was the SL/E version, which used many interior options from the TC “Sandpiper” series such as the radio/cassette, four-spoke steering wheel, timber dash inserts, velour seat trim, loop pile carpet and timber (Hardboard) door trim inserts. The SL/E also received the five-speed manual as standard.

Externally, appearance was further enhanced to include stainless steel headlight and grille surrounds, thick stainless steel door window frame mouldings and GM-H designed alloy wheels similar to Sunbird SL/E. Coupes and sedans had colour-coded side mirrors similar to those of Sunbird SL/E and HZ Sandman, door-trims were extended to cover the top of the doors.

There was also a limited Edition “Gypsy” package was optional on panel vans, which included extra instrumentation and identifying decals.


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