Die-hard Holden enthusiasts’ spirits may be at an all-time low since the GM brand ceased all Australian manufacturing, but if there’s any consolation prize to be had, perhaps it is this: the Elizabeth plant closure could result in a rise in Holden vehicle values.
That’s the opinion of rally driver and Holden owner Derek Ayson, and we agree that it’s human nature to desire what one can’t have. Just take a look at the huge markups that were placed on the 2017 Holden Special Vehicles GTSR W1 once private sellers got their hands on ’em. Not every Holden vehicle will appreciate to this degree – some not at all. But with the strong following the brand has, and the nostalgia it bring,s we think well-preserved examples could be considered an investment of sorts.
A great comparison would be Saab. Overall Saab values fell when the brand went to the graveyard, but certain models, like this one-of-one Saab 9-5NG SportCombi Aero Turbo6, did appreciate. Granted, the pre-production unicorn is a bit of an outlier when compared to other Saabs, but you get the point.
So, while the Holden Elizabeth plant may have closed it doors, the vehicles it once produced can still be had – at least for the time being.
(Source: The Ensign)