Last Holden Built In Australia Heads To Online Auction8
Local Australian production of Holden vehicles ended in 2017, when the final Holden Commodore rolled off the assembly line at the automaker’s Victoria plant. Three years later, that final Australian-built Holden is being auctioned off online and has already attracted a considerable amount of interest.
The last Holden Commodore built in Australia is a VF Series II SSV Redline model finished in Red Hot and equipped with the six-speed paddle shift automatic transmission. All Commodore SSV Redline models were equipped with the 6.2L LS3 V8 engine, which is good for 408 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
According to the auction listing, the current owner of this historically significant Commodore worked at Holden for over 14 years. His last role with the company was in technical support in the paint shop at the Victoria plant, so he actually oversaw a portion of the assembly process for the vehicle. He was later informed that the car was allocated to a nearby Holden dealership and had not yet been sold, so made a blind deal for the car over the phone before taking delivery. The dealership was apparently unaware they had the last-ever Australian built Holden on their hands. when he signed on the dotted line.
The Commodore currently sits in the exact condition as when it rolled off the production line on October 18th, 2017 and has only been driven a total of 55 kilometers. The car has also been kept under a cover and only ever ventured outside of a garage for a service at Holden dealership a short distance away. The original stickers, plastic interior covers and destination label also remain fully intact.
As of this writing, the last Australian-built Holden has a high bid of $255,000 AUD on it – equivalent to just over $196,00 USD. There’s still over two days left before bidding closes, too, so we wouldn’t be shocked if it attracted even more bids in the coming days.
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Shutting domestic OZ production proved fatal. Toyota and Ford quitting definitely damaged the domestic supply chain but items could have been imported from free trade S Korea. Holden appealed to a niche market who desired native built autos and large sedans and no Opel or GMC could fill this void.
I’d compare Holden to US Dodge in certain ways and it was ridiculous to think this demo wanted Mazda or Kia styled cars.
Hammer down just sold for $750,000 a great buy one of the best vehicles Australia ever produced
Holden HSV GTSR W1 Maloo ute Hammer down just sold for $1,050,000 AU
Thanks again GM for getting rid of Holden! Nice job! Get rid of vehicles that increase in value in a short period of time.
I can’t Agree , holden produced some of the best looking and performing vehicles of the last two decades ,
So how much will my Camira get then ?
I’d hang onto it look at the Holden Gemini older cars are starting to be appreciated and people who can’t afford a Torana or Monaro are looking at the lesser models the will not realise the return of the hero models but a small increase in value may be had