One example each of Holden’s three farewell edition Commodores will be offered for auction to raise money for the Smith Family and The Lighthouse Foundation with hopes of raising a total of $360,000 for the two charities.
Holden will give collectors one last opportunity to bid for the sold-out final edition cars, with specially-selected build numbers for the V8-powered Director and Motorsport sedans and Magnum V8 ute available.
As a tribute to Holden's long, successful history of racing in Australia the Motorsport edition being offered for auction will feature build number 05 of the available 1200 cars built, as a tribute to the racing number worn by cars driven by Peter Brock.
Special Motorsport edition features include multi-mode magnetic ride control suspension, a revised rear sub frame, lightweight cross-drilled brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels and a modified cooling package that allows it to comply with GM’s ‘level 3’ track use rating usually reserved for hardcore Corvette and Camaro models.
Other unique identifiers include heated performance seats taken from the Chevrolet SS exported version of the Commodore, leather wrapped instrument panel, blacked out roof, red highlights and Motorsport badges and decals.
When they were available to the public, the Motorsport edition was priced from $61,790 before on-road costs in six-speed manual guise or $63,990 when equipped with a six-speed auto.
The Director edition will also wear build number 05 of 360 as a tribute to Peter Brock, as a tip of the hat to the original HDT Directors of the 1980s, which caused a massive rift between Holden and Brock with the addition of a so-called crystal polariser available on the VL Director - which was claimed to harmonise the car to improve its performance and economy.
Based on up-spec Calais V specification, the Director shares its mechanical revisions with the Motorsport edition including the suspension, wheels, cooling and brake upgrades but maintains a set of standard rear subframe bushes to keep its ride more luxury than track focused.
All Directors were priced from $63,990 before they sold out.
Despite being named after another Brock-era product, the Magnum ute will be build number 111 of 240, but like its namesake from the 1980s the special edition ute stands as the most performance focused ute that Holden has ever made.
Upgrades for the Magnum include a unique rear-end that has shorter conventional shock absorbers from the SS sedan, used because rear-suspension set up of the ute isn’t able to be fitted with magnetic ride control. However, the Magnum still receives the same brakes, alloys and performance seats as the Motorsport edition.
All models are powered by a 6.2-litre LS3 naturally-aspirated V8 petrol engine that produces 304kW and 570Nm.
With Holden’s local production set to come to an end on the 20th of October the auction provides local enthusiasts with a final opportunity to secure one of the sought after performance oriented special edition Commodores ahead of the switch to a new fully-imported model.
"We know how much Australians love their Holden vehicles and these three are very special." said Holden's executive director of manufacturing, Richard Phillips.
"So we think they’ll be a huge drawcard for motoring enthusiasts right across the country and hopefully they’ll inspire some fierce bidding under the hammer.”
"These will be the last of the Limited Editions to be built, with unique build numbers and with the Director and Motorsport vehicles carrying racing legend Peter Brock’s famous number 05, we know they’ll be sure-fire winners!"
The auction will take place on October 15 through auction house Manheim as part of Holden's Dream Cruise celebrations. Registrations open on September 29.
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