5 of the Greatest Cars built in Australia
It has been 3 years since Holden built their final car for the Australian market. Let's go back in time and look at the cars that shaped Oz.
Holden VF Commodore SS
Holden VF Commodore
The Holden Commodore (VF) is an executive car produced between June 2013 to October 2017. It is the fourth and final generation of the Commodore to be manufactured in Australia. The Commodore range included sedans and wagons and also the high-end luxury sedans sold under the Calais nameplate. The VF is also available as a ute sold as the VF Ute. The VF SS V sedan was imported to the U.S. market and sold as the Chevrolet SS. Holden's in house tunning divison Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) used the VF platform for their Gen-F performance cars such as the Clubsport, Grange, and Senator. The best car based on this platform is the HSV GTSR W1 which is the fastest and most powerful production car built in Australia.
1952 Holden 48-215
The Holden 48-215 is a mid-size sedan built by Holden between November 1948 and October 1953. The 48-215 or also known unofficially as the FX was the first car built by General Motors to bear the Holden name. The original design was originally going to be used for the American market but the body style was too small for the post-war market. The FX came with a 132.5 cubic inch inline 6 and a 3-speed manual was the only transmission available.
1972 Chrysler VH Charger E49
Chrysler VH Charger
The Chrysler VH Valiant was a two door coupe introduced by Chrysler Australia in 1971. The Charger was a short wheel base variant of the Valiant. The Charger range was introduced in 1971, consisted of the Charger, Charger XL, Charger 770, Charger R/T (Road/Track). All Chargers came with V8's ranging from a 3.5L to the top of the range Charger 770 SE which had a 5.6L and 3 speed automatic.
HDT Commodore SS Group A
Holden Dealer Team Commodore SS Group A
The Commodore SS Group A was modified by Holden's original tuner, the Holden Dealer Team. The SS Group A existed as a homologation special of the existing VL Commodore, created as a requirment to allow the use of the Commodore in Group A touring car racing. The FISA regulations required manufacturers to build at least 5,000 base models and a further 500 "Evolution" models. The SS Group A was a successful in touring car racing. Allan Moffat and John Harvey drove their Commodore's to victory at the first race of the World Touring Car Championship in 1987 at Monza.
1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO Phase III
Ford Falcon XY GTHO Phase III
The Ford Flacon XY GTHO Phase III was built for homologation, looks almost identical to the existing XY Falcon GT. The Phase III featured a heavily upgraded engine, a four-speed top-loader gearbox, and a Detriot locker nine inch differential. The Phase III was also a winner at the 1971 Bathurst 500, driven by Allan Moffat. The Phase III is a highly collectable car with high-end prices for prime examples. Some GTHO's have sold for more than AU$1.0million