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Holden Com­modore VTII SS

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VTII SS Com­modore holds – with the VSIII Com­modore ute – the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the last Lion pow­ered by the leg­endary over­head­valve Holden V8 en­gine. From ori­gins in 1969 in the HT se­ries, the donk was of­fered in 4.2-litre (253ci) and 5.0-litre forms as well as high­per­for­mance stro­ker 5.6 (HDT) and 5.7-litre (HSV) forms be­fore be­ing su­per­seded by the im­ported Chevro­let Gen III V8. Its best-known form was as a 5044cc mill (the 308, mate), how­ever from 1985 it was re­duced to 304ci (4987cc) to drop Group A Com­modores un­der a ca­pac­ity cut-off that al­lowed a lighter rac­ing weight and big­ger wheels and tyres, and that’s how the Aussie 5.0-litre con­tin­ued un­til bow­ing out in 2000.

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