Unique Cars - - FAREWELL HOLDEN -

HOLDEN HAD TO kill-off the Aussie-made sixes (by then a 20-year-old de­sign) and buy-in a Ja­panese-made en­gine from Nis­san for the VL in 1986. It was doom and gloom un­til ev­ery­one re­alised what a honey of a donk the 114kW over­head cam, fuel-in­jected, al­loy-head 3.0-litre RB30E Nis­san six was. Mated to a four-speed auto or five-speed man­ual, Com­modore went even harder with the op­tional 150kW tur­bocharged six. Out­side, the Com­modore had a lower, smoother snout, shal­lower but wider head­lights (with in­te­grated in­board driv­ing lights) and a higher boot-line. With the across-the-range op­tional Turbo 3.0-litre be­ing the pin­na­cle of Aus­tralian­made per­for­mance, the mod­i­fied-for-un­leaded 122kW 5-litre V8 was mar­keted as the choice for no-non­sense van and boat tow­ing.

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