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Unique Cars - - CONTENTS - Lucy Mur­phy

The Com­modore is such a great fam­ily car, and I ab­so­lutely love driv­ing a man­ual. To me, pur­chas­ing a VFII was a no-brainer, and we’d orig­i­nally planned on get­ting a SSV Red­line Re­serve Edi­tion, be­fore we heard rum­blings of the Lim­ited Edi­tions. When it came to choos­ing which model to get, there was no other op­tion for me than the Mo­tor­sport – as I ab­so­lutely had to have a man­ual, and I need four seats to fit the fam­ily in. I love the fact that the lim­ited edi­tions pay homage to the last 39 years of Com­modores.

I worked on the VE Com­modore in the CAD (Com­puter Aided De­sign) of­fice, been Dura­bil­ity En­gi­neer for all of the VE pro­to­types built for test­ing at the prov­ing ground. I was a Val­i­da­tion En­gi­neer work­ing on VEII and was De­sign and Re­lease En­gi­neer for the coil springs for the VF model. I have worked with so many amaz­ingly pas­sion­ate and tal­ented peo­ple, and the VFII Com­modore is the re­sult of all of their hard work. It is such a great car, and I think all Aus­tralians should be in­cred­i­bly proud of what we’ve been able to pro­duce.

The build num­ber of my car is 605 of 1200, the sig­nif­i­cance be­ing that this is the street ad­dress for the Holden Prov­ing Ground – 605 Bass Hwy, Lang Lang.

I was also for­tu­nate enough to visit the Ve­hi­cle Assem­bly Plant in El­iz­a­beth with some work col­leagues to watch our cars be­ing built. Ev­ery­one I met in El­iz­a­beth was so warm and wel­com­ing and so en­thu­si­as­tic and proud of their work. I hon­estly can­not put into words the ap­pre­ci­a­tion I feel for the amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity I was given to watch my ve­hi­cle in pro­duc­tion. I fell in love the minute I saw my car roll off the line. This ex­pe­ri­ence ce­mented the fact that we don’t ever in­tend sell­ing this car, and will pass it down to our kids to en­joy.

I love the SSV Red­line and hon­estly thought that the only way that car could be im­proved upon was by adding heated seats! The Mo­tor­sport gives us that and then trumps it with the MR sus­pen­sion. The only other op­tion I con­sid­ered was the up­grade to the larger spoiler. In the end, I de­cided to go with the bootlid spoiler as there seems to have been a trend since VE for smaller spoil­ers, and I thought that it was de­sign staffs’ in­tent for the car to have the smaller spoiler.

Our Mo­tor­sport will ini­tially be a daily drive for us. We can’t af­ford to have it sit­ting in the garage, but we ab­so­lutely just had to have one. Hope­fully in five years we will be able to af­ford to garage it and use it as a week­end war­rior. Longer term, this car will be passed on to the kids to en­joy.

My poor fam­ily has lis­tened to my ex­cite­ment about this car since last year when we first put down a de­posit on the ve­hi­cle. They know how spe­cial it is to me and, if any­thing, I think it has fos­tered a re­la­tion­ship for them with the car too.

It is such a great car that I want ev­ery­one in the fam­ily to en­joy driv­ing it. My sav­ing grace is that my hus­band prefers driv­ing au­to­mat­ics, so I won’t lose it to him per­ma­nently!

We sold the cars we used to own, and have been driv­ing Com­modores on the Holden Em­ployee lease scheme since VZ. With the end of the Zeta Com­modore ap­proach­ing, we didn’t want to stop driv­ing such a great car so we knew we had to buy one for our­selves. This is the first new car we have ever pur­chased!

PHO­TOS MARY LEE

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