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THE SS MONIKER was first slapped on an HQ Belmont, a sparsely kit­ted car that was fit­ted with a 4.2-litre 253ci V8, M-20 four-speed man­ual gear­box and Monaro diff. Its pal­ette of wild colours in­cluded Ul­tra Vi­o­let, Let­tuce Alone and In­fra Red. Inside it copped the Monaro dash, its own steer­ing wheel and bucket seats, but that’s it. Holden de­signer Leo Pruneau penned the orig­i­nal SS and 3M pro­vided the sticker kit. The fi­nal SS it­er­a­tion, the VF Series II Com­modore is the op­po­site to its great-grandad. Loaded with grunt and lux­ury it has a 6.2-litre 304kW V8, six-slot man­ual or auto trans, sports sus­pen­sion, over­grown wheels and tyres, air­con, sports seats, in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, hi-tech safety kit. One thing’s for sure, it is easy to see the DNA flow from the first to the last.

ABOVE While the VF’s pretty cool, the HQ still mea­sures up well in the styling stakes.

BE­LOW De­signer ex­traor­di­naire, Leo Pruneau, checks out what the young whip­per­snap­pers have been up to.

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