Unique Cars - - FAREWELL HOLDEN -

THE VR WAS one of the most thor­ough up­dates of an Aus­tralian car model ever. Out­side, there was tightly-gapped new sheet-metal and lights front and rear, in­clud­ing body-colour flush-fit front and rear bumpers. Un­der the skin, the front sus­pen­sion was al­most to­tally re­designed, with new front strut tow­ers and struts (with cam­ber ad­just­ment) to al­ter the align­ment for bet­ter han­dling, steer­ing feel and tyre wear. The track was wider, too, rid­ding the Com­modore of the VN/VP’s tippy-toe look. As with VP, sedans had beam or in­de­pen­dent rear ends; wag­ons and utes were beam-only. The auto gear­box was now an elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled unit with a ‘Power’ mode. In­side was a new smoothly sculpted dash, made from fewer parts for fewer squeaks and rat­tles. A driver’s airbag was fit­ted to Calais and the new fam­i­ly­fo­cussed model, Ac­claim, and all sedans now had a lap/ sash cen­tre rear seat­belt. All kind-of bor­ing stuff now, but high-tech back in the day.

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