39 Years OF Holden Commodore

THIS is it. On October 20, after almost 40 years of continual production, the last locally made Holden Commodore will roll off the Elizabeth production line.

Like we did with the Ford Falcon, Wheels will spend the next 39 days charting the Commodore, with our series ending on the same day as the end of the once-proud mainstream Australian car making industry.

Our series starts with the VB Commodore, a car revealed late in 1978 as an Australianised version of the Opel V-car. It’s fitting that it ends with the Australian designed and developed Zeta-based VF.

We’ll look at the Commodore’s 1978 Wheels car of the Year win – the first of five times the family sedan, wagon and ute range would take the coveted title – through to the development of the VH SS Group 3. No Commodore story would be complete without including the car’s on-track champion, Peter Brock. The Commodore will add a turbocharger, adopt a Nissan engine, take on Europe’s finest sports sedans and win hands-down, and spawn a performance brand called Holden Special Vehicles. It would be outclassed by the Ford EL Falcon, the Monaro will be reborn, its ute will grow four doors before, finally, an entirely Australian designed and developed version would attempt to take Holden global.

Stay tuned for your local dose of Commodore as we look back at 39 years of the Aussie icon in 39 days.

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39 Years of Holden Commodore: 2017 - End of Daze

Today is the day; as we farewell the Aussie built Holden and our look back on 39 years of Commodore, we relive 48 glorious hours in Clayton's cu...

39 Years of Holden Commodore: 2016 - Last bragging rites

This is it folks, the last battle between Australian-made Ford and Holden V8 sports sedans – and a mighty turbo-six upstart.

39 Years of Holden Commodore: 2015 - Patriot missile

Red versus blue. Green versus gold. To Bathurst from the Bush we drive these True Blue Aussie heroes

39 Years of Holden Commodore: 2014 - Wheels Car of the Year finalist

The right car for Australia and (mostly) good enough for the world makes its final COTY appearance

39 Years of Holden Commodore: 2013 - VF Good

It’s more sophisticated inside and out. It’s set to take on the world as a Chevrolet SS, and at home, Holden is hoping Aussies will fall in love...

39 Years of Holden Commodore: 2012 - HSV 25th Anniversary Series

The fully-loaded GTS Anniversary Edition celebrates a quarter-century of HSV’s local heroes

39 Years of Holden Commodore: 2011 - HSV Black Edition

Editor Bill needed to reconnect with Aussie roads and local muscle, so he grabbed HSV’s new Black Edition in Melbourne, aimed for Sydney the bac...

39 Years of Holden Commodore: 2010 - Holden VE Series II SS V Redline first drive

Bolder, better balanced and Brembo-braked, the SS V Redline spearheads Holden's important new VE Series II assault. Factor in its revamped inter...

2009 Holden Commodore: Chevrolet Camaro v Holden Coupe 60 v Holden Monaro

We muster Holden’s Oz-developed muscle-car royalty to find the coupe worthy of the pony car crown

2008 Holden Commodore: HSV W427 First Drive

Believe the hype. With the balance to back up the numbers, HSV has just created Australia's first supercar

2007 Wheels Car of the Year: Holden VE Commodore

The General's billion-dollar baby is no immaculate conception, but it meets the COTY criteria better than any other new car of 2006, shining thr...

2006 Holden Commodore: REVEALED! The Commodore's inside story

Holden’s first-ever clean-sheet Commodore is benchmarked, not against Ford but Audi and BMW. Here’s your comprehensive guide to the billion-doll...

2005 Holden Commodore: Halo, goodbye

As Holden prepares to lower the curtain on its hero coupe, who better than Monaro-driving legend Colin Bond to shake down the last-of-the-line C...

2004 Holden Commodore: Battle of the 6ixes

Will Commodore’s step into the 21st-Century drivetrain technology be enough to wrong-foot Ford’s excellent BA Falcon? The 190kW SV6 is the first...

2003 Holden Commodore: The Crewman Show

Warning: Holden's longest ever production contains material you may have seen before