Back in Oct. 2017, the final Holden Caprice, SS Ute, and a red SS-V Commodore rolled out of the Elizabeth plant in Adelaide, Australia. According to auctioneers, the historic, red V8 sports sedan pictured above went straight to a dealer, only to be grabbed by a Holden employee before anybody from the public had the chance to buy it. Not surprisingly given its historic significance, a number of pictures were taken of the car with Holden’s loyal crew and was given the plates “FIN L01.” Fast forward to late-2020, and the same car hit the auction block with just 63 miles on the odometer.
Australia’s Holden entered the car industry in 1908, was bought by General Motors in 1931, started building its famous Elizabeth plant in 1958, and discontinued production with this last-ever Holden Commodore VIN 6G1FE5EW3HL333644 in 2017, only to close down completely in 2020. Knowing all that, it’s hardly surprising that the last of the V8s, the Commodore Series II SS-V Redline packing 408 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, just sold for 750,000 Australian dollars, which is just over $570,000 U.S.
Whoever grabbed it should be happy with this powerful, practical and proud Holden four-door, the final Chevy SS cousin ever produced. However, having paid over $800,000 for a rare ZR1-powered Ute also finished during Holden’s late run in 2017, somebody may end up being even happier after pressing the loud pedal.
While Holden Special Vehicles was voted down on producing Commodore GTSR W1-based Maloo Utes due to concerns over the business case, HSV still built four W1-spec Utes for certain friends of the team, equipped with the 635-horsepower LS9 V8s from that also powered the C6 Corvette ZR1.
Unlike the red Commodore sedan, this two-door HSV with a six-speed manual, AP Racing’s six-piston monoblock calipers grabbing 410mm steel rotors up front, Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires, and a carbon fiber trim package. When we reported that this car was going under the hammer with just 423 miles on the clock, it was already past half-a-million dollars.
Eventually, the bidding war stopped at $1,050,000 Australian dollars, which equals to $804,000. That figure makes this “Light My Fire Orange” super-pickup the most expensive Australian car ever sold at auction, yet the result is hardly surprising given that quite recently, somebody paid $215,000 for this Aussie Ford Falcon chicken coop.
Ready to rock with a legendary V8 and no history of chicken manure, one of the four 2017 HSV GTSR W1 Maloo Utes ever built will always be special.
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