Olden Day Holden
It may be 32 years old but this 1991 Holden Commodore Exec has travelled a mere 61,000kms from new, in the hands of, evidently, two careful owners. And it’s not one of the NZ-only poverty spec 4 cylinder examples that were assembled in Trentham. Holdens had been assembled in Trentham since 1967 but that plant was closed in November 1990. So this would’ve been one of the first Fully Aussie Assembled rep-spec VNs to land on our shores, complete with the 3.8 V6 and a 5 speed manual gearbox. And you can bid on it. Read on...
If you’ve read this far you’ll probably know the story of the VN Commodore, so I won’t rehash it here. Let’s just focus on this particular car. It was first registered in May, 1991, and the VIN number suggests it was assembled in Adelaide, also in 1991, making it one of the first, standard spec examples not assembled in NZ. Strangely, in NZ we switched the badging for the Berlina and Exec cars making the Berlina the base model fitted with a 4 cylinder engine and the Executive trim more upmarket and with a V6 engine. And it seems they carried this on with the Aussie assembled cars also getting the badge switch. On later Commodores, this was switched back to be consistent with Australia.
Will the VN Commodore become a classic? Some would argue that it already is. And let’s face it, all old Aussie Holdens eventually become classics. So if you were to take a punt on a future prized Holden then this would be a prime candidate. It looks to have been very well cared for and those kms are crazy low. It has to be worth a punt. It might be the nicest VN rep-spec example in NZ.
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