Unique Cars - - FAREWELL HOLDEN -

THE VC COM­MODORE ar­rived in Fe­bru­ary 1980. It had mi­nor styling freshen-ups such as a grid­ded grille, the Com­modore side badges re­lo­cated to the new stick-on (rather than clip-type) side-strips on the front doors, and black-framed tail lights. The big news was un­der the bon­net: the new Blue mo­tors of­fered bet­ter power, ef­fi­ciency and drive­abil­ity. The 4.2- and 5.0-litre V8s were re­vised too, but not as ex­ten­sively: the 4.2-litre (avail­able in Com­modore and the WB ute and com­mer­cials) re­ceived a four-bar­rel carby but was dropped from the Com­modore SL/E’s stan­dard equip­ment list. Later, a 1.9-litre four-cylin­der en­gine (yuk!) was in­tro­duced to fill the gap left by the now-dis­con­tin­ued UC Sun­bird. In Novem­ber 1980, the lim­ited edi­tion SL/E-based HDT Com­modore – de­vel­oped with race driver Peter Brock – re-launched Holden as a pre­mium mus­cle car man­u­fac­turer.

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