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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1989 Holden Commodore: VN Commodore - Car of the Year

It was a tight contest, argued for an agonisingly long time. But the VN Commodore is a fitting winner of the prestigious silver anniversary COTY...

1988 Holden Commodore: Always a Commodore - VN first drive

What’s the VN like from the driver’s seat? After two days at the helm, Peter Robinson reckoned Holden’s parts-bin solution has worked well.

1987 Holden Commodore: The Blacksmith and the Boffin

The high-tech Commodore Turbo against the latest from the traditional school, a Group A V8

1986 Holden Commodore: No looking back

The point about the VL Commodore is not its abandonment of the Australian-made six. That is in the past. The VL is about Holden and the future

1985 Holden Commodore: Executive action

Australian muscle or European flair? BMW 528i Motor Sport/Commodore Group Three/Saab 16S Turbo/Volvo 760 Turbo

1984 Holden Commodore: Injecting life into the Commodore

GMH's new Commodores look bigger and brighter, but the big news is Bosch LE fuel injection and electronic engine management systems

1983 Holden Commodore: Boos, Blues and Brock

Bathurst 1983 seemed set to be a classic. With a fierce rivalry on the track and some bitter back-biting behind the scenes. But it all fell flat...

1982 Holden Commodore: Musclecar Magic

Commodore SS Group Three meets Falcon 5.8 ESP. Long live the bent eight!

1981 Holden Commodore: Commodore gets five

Five speeds that is, but only on the four and the little six. There are also mods to improve economy and drivability, a new but not so different...

1980 Holden Commodore: Honing the edge

The addition of cruise control, a V8 engine with the same power as a modern-day Toyota Corolla, and a hint of four-cylinder economy

39 Years of Holden Commodore: 1979 - Car of the Year

Imagine this: an imported Opel, badged as a Commdore, tuned for local conditions, and winning COTY. No this is not a prediction for 2018, but ra...

39 Years of Holden Commodore: 1978 - GMH unveils the born-again Holden

The Commodore is a car we can be proud of, a car to compare with any (and we mean any) from Europe. Meet a new and very different Holden ... it'...