Australians still mourning the end of local manufacturing for Holden can take a bit of solace in the fact that there are still some locally made Commodores for sale.
Wheels reported Friday that there are nine Holden VF Commodore models left for sale in Australia. The Holden VF Commodore was the final generation of the sedan to be built locally, while its successor, the ZB Commodore, is based on the Opel Insignia (Buick Regal, for us Americans), with assembly taking place in Germany.
Perhaps the best news is that each of the nine cars houses a V8 engine under the hood. Specifically, a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine. The numbers have slowly, but surely, dwindled since Holden ended production of locally made cars in 2017. Last month, Holden registered 19 Aussie-made cars, which brought the final figure to single digits.
However, none of the cars left feature a manual transmission. The magazine confirmed with sources that the cars left all house automatic transmissions. Four of the final remaining cars are Commodore SS-V Redline sedans. The others are a handful of send-off editions Holden built to celebrate the end of the Australian-built icon. One is a Commodore Magnum ute, two are Motorsport Edition sedans, and a pair of Director editions remain. We’d imagine the markups are quite high on the final special edition models remaining in inventory. Of them all, the Magnum ute is certainly the rarest of them. Holden only built 240 units compared to 1,200 Motorsport Edition sedans.
With news of just a handful of Commodores left in stock from Holden’s manufacturing days, we did a quick search to try and locate any new Chevrolet SS sedans. The SS sedan was a rebadged VF Commodore. A few quick searches only turned up used and certified models, which leaves us to believe the SS has long been sold out.