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Much like the rest of the Maloo R8’s front end, it’s ‘busi­ness as usual’ when it comes to com­par­ing the nose of the ute with its sa­loon sib­ling. Parts are in­ter­change­able be­tween mod­els, and if you’re buy­ing a Maloo in­de­pen­dently im­ported to the UK, there’s a chance the ute in ques­tion will have a dif­fer­ent front bumper to Vaux­hall’s of­fer­ing.

“Many Maloo en­thu­si­asts ad­mire the dif­fer­ent trim op­tions avail­able to buy­ers in Aus­tralia,” smiles Marc. “Put sim­ply, there was a wider range of colours and body dec­o­ra­tion to choose from than what cus­tomers en­ter­ing Vaux­hall deal­er­ships were able to take ad­van­tage of dur­ing the same pe­riod.” Re­gard­less of its place of pur­chase, the one thing the Maloo didn’t of­fer was ad­e­quate un­der­body pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments. Even the new­est of R8s lacks a cor­ro­sion re­sis­tant chas­sis coat­ing, which is why it’s rec­om­mended for UK own­ers of Holdens to treat their cars to rust­proof­ing mea­sures at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.

Check for signs of cor­ro­sion along chas­sis rails, jack­ing points and in­side wheel arches. These are the ar­eas most sus­cep­ti­ble to de­te­ri­o­ra­tion. An­other of­ten over­looked con­sid­er­a­tion is the parts mak­ing up the Maloo’s rear end. “The front is shared with the VXR8, but the Maloo’s rear fea­tures model spe­cific lights, a load cover for the cargo area, a fold down tail­gate and dif­fer­ent side pan­els, none of which are com­monly stocked parts,” con­tin­ues Marc, hint­ing at the de­lay Maloo own­ers should ex­pect in tak­ing de­liv­ery of re­place­ment parts in the event of a shunt.

“In­de­pen­dently im­ported Maloos are un­likely to fea­ture a rear fog light,” he re­minds us.

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