The Holdens are worth a coin and those that are not from the Monaro, Torana and Sandman to the Camira
Classic old Holdens made at the time that Peter Brock was a Bathurst fixture, now selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
General Motors has announced that the Holden brand will be killed in 2021, putting an end to a legacy that began in November 1948 with the first 48-215 model.
Surprisingly, the Holdens that get the highest prices at carsales.com.au are not necessarily the early post-war models, known as the FX and FJ.
While a 1955 FJ ute sells for $ 79,000, the rarer Australian and designed models built in the 1960s and 1970s are high in money.
Classic old Holdens made at the time that Peter Brock was a Bathurst fixture, now selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Pictured is a 1972 Holden Torana GTR that sells for $ 109,990
An original Holden HK Monaro GTS from 1968 with only 42,000 km on the clock sells for $ 175,000 in the northern Victorian city of Wangaratta
Holdens to hold
– Monaro (HK and HQ series)
– Torana (LJ, LH and LX series)
– Kingswood (HK, HQ, HG and HZ series)
– Brock Commodores
– Early model FX, FJs
– EH, EJs
Holdens is best forgotten
– Last Commodore made in Germany
Forgettable Holdens built from the 1980s doesn’t get much – with Camiras it is hardly considered desirable as a locally made version of GM’s unloved global J-car.
Leo Pruneau, Holden’s chief designer in the 1970s and 1980s, said he particularly disliked the Gemini, an Isuzu model from Japan made in Australia.
“That always made me cringe,” he told Daily Mail Australia.
“They were not designed by Australians, that bothered me.”
Rebadged Toyotas, such as the Apollo and Nova, generic Chevrolets sold as Holdens, such as the Cruze and Captiva, and European Vectras are barely setting price records.
Pruneau said that Holdens with a V8 engine was very popular.
“The Australians didn’t want to be a jerk: they loved those big V8s and they still do,” he said.
An original Holden HK Monaro GTS from 1968 with only 42,000 km on the clock sells for $ 175,000 in the northern Victorian city of Wangaratta.
“This car is priced to sell quickly at $ 175,000,” the ad said.
A rare Holden LJ Torana XU-1 from 1973, with only 47,000 km, sells for $ 129,500 in Western Australia.
It was made in the year after Brock won the first Bathurst victory in a similar GTR XU-1 Torana – the first of his nine titles on Mount Panorama in central New South Wales.
Closed vans, a car that embodies Australia’s beach culture, are also worth it with a 1975 Sandman selling for $ 98,650 despite 250,000 miles on the clock
Peter Brock’s Bathurst victories
1972: Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1
1975: Holden LH Torana L34
1978: Holden LX Torana A9X SS
1979: Holden LX Torana A9X SS
1980: Holden VC Commodore
1982: Holden VH Commodore
1983: Holden VH Commodore
1984: Holden VK Commodore
1987: Holden VL Commodore SS Group A
Coupes are especially sought after with a Holden Torana SS LX manual from 1976, priced at $ 118,000, despite 193,592 km on the clock, in the eastern Victorian city of Longford.
It was far from the only Torana that sold the six-figure with an unregistered GTJ coupe from the LJ series from 1972, with 127,682 km, which sold for $ 109,990 at a West Australian dealer.
This is apparently a ‘huge fall’ from the previous asking price of $ 224,590.
Closed vans, a car that embodies Australia’s beach culture, are also worth it with a 1975 Sandman selling for $ 98,650, despite 250,000 miles on the clock.
Then there are the luxury sedans.
A Brougham, with 84,414 km, sells for $ 69,999 in the northern suburb of Pascoe Vale in Melbourne.
Rarely and more expensive Holdens are not the only ones worth a coin.
While a 1955 FJ ute (photo) sells for $ 79,000, the rarer Australian and designed models built in the 1960s and 1970s make it to the big dollars
A Holden was set up in December 2017 when a sting-red HSV GTSR W1, with 474 kilowatts of dazzling V8 power, was sold by Lloyds Online for $ 269,000
A 1970 HG Kingswood sedan with only 18,000 miles on the clock and an original 186 engine sells for $ 45,000.
For the same price it is possible to buy a modified 1972 HQ Kingswood with 244,000 km.
Holdens derived from Kingswood and Torana, built before unleaded petrol was introduced, has more commands than Commodores built in the 1980s.
Nevertheless, the record for a Holden was set in December 2017 when a sting-red HSV GTSR W1, with 474 kilowatts of dazzling V8 power, was sold by Lloyds Online for $ 269,000.
The auction benchmark was set two months after the last Holden-made VF series Commodore made in Australia rolled off the production line in Elizabeth, in the north of Adelaide.
Forgettable Holdens built from the 1980s doesn’t get that much – with Camiras hardly sought after. Pictured is a 1988 model that sells for $ 4,200
In the late 1980s and 1990s, the Toyota Camry was re-introduced and sold as a Holden Apollo. This version built in 1992 sells for $ 900