Unique Cars - - FAREWELL HOLDEN -

THE ORIG­I­NAL Com­modore of­fered a sedan in three lev­els of trim: Com­modore, Com­modore SL and Com­modore SL/E. It was joined eight months later by base and SL wagon. The en­gines were 2.85 and 3.3-litre sixes, with 4.2 and 5.0-litre V8s (both avail­able with sin­gle or dual ex­hausts) and a mix of four-speed man­ual or three-speed auto (Tri­matic or Turbo Hy­dra­matic) trans­mis­sions. Yes, there were qual­ity prob­lems from the fac­to­ries where Com­modore was made – Page­wood, NSW; Dan­de­nong, Vic; El­iz­a­beth, SA; and later Aca­cia Ridge, Qld – such as the front doors of­ten sit­ting too far for­ward on the bodyshell; poor rust-proof­ing; patchy and lack­lus­tre paint and in­te­rior trim pieces such as door han­dle sur­rounds that fell off. But as most road tests of the day con­cluded, few cars could match the dy­namic pack­age of Com­modore’s han­dling, grip and road-hold­ing even against stuff such as BMW and Volvo.

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