Trayed deficit

Motor (Australia) - - GREATEST HITS - – SN

THE car-based ute has been a piv­otal part of Holden’s range since the first FJ rolled off the pro­duc­tion line in 1950, but it’s a bro­ken lin­eage. There was no first-gen Com­modore ute, the WB serv­ing un­til 1983 with a five-year gap un­til the first Com­modore ute ar­rived with the VN in 1988. With a 5.0-litre V8 un­der the bon­net, the SS was the per­fect prac­ti­cal per­for­mance car and this se­ries con­tin­ued un­til late 2000 and the in­tro­duc­tion of the VX-based VU, VT be­ing skipped com­pletely. Equally at home at the tip or the track, the loss of the uniquely Aussie fast ute is a bit­ter pill to swal­low.

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