Readers' Rockets: EH Holden, XM Falcon ute, '57 Chev wagon, XC Fairmont + more

Steven Bacich1963 EH Holden “THE EH was my dad Len’s first car. He bought it in 1966; we still have the receipt somewhere. It was then my first car as a teenager, but I was in a bingle in 2004 ...

2001 Holden Caprice WH owner review

About the Holden Caprice Jacob Hall purchased this Holden Caprice used for $45,000 (including all on-road costs) in 2001. Jacob Hall would buy this car again because: “The car’s an excellent luxury barge, effortless power and super well insulated cabin, ...

Australia's biggest new-car fails! From the Holden ZB Commodore to the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, these are our biggest flops ever

From the ZB Commodore to the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, there have been some new-car howlers in Australia It’s safe to say that, generally speaking, car companies get it pretty right most of the time. We’re talking multi-billion-dollar machines here, and ...

Used Holden Cruze review: 2009-2016

Holden’s compact family car offering from a decade ago was the Cruze. What we like Handling and ride combo. Decent interior and luggage space. Turbo petrol motors are charmers. What we don’t Base-model engine is harsh and lethargic. Turbo ...

L98-swapped Holden EH sleeper

PURISTS who accidentally picked up Street Machine magazine while looking for stories on boring survivors, avert your eyes. While Holden turned out a quarter-million EHs, 57 years of attrition has seen cherry, untouched examples now rarer than chickens with lips. ...

Blown and injected, Holden V8-powered LX SL/R Torana

RICCI Camilleri had built himself a nice LX Torana – good, but not great. It was a neat little street car, tidy enough to turn heads and even score a magazine feature, but as far as Ricci was concerned, it ...

You Won’t Believe How Much Power This Holden Commodore Wagon Has

Prior to SUVs and crossovers taking over the world, wagons or estates were perhaps the best option for those looking to combine style with practicality and in Australia, the Holden Commodore Sportwagon was one of the most popular. Holden sold ...

Holden Commodore Wagon With Massive Turbo Makes 1,100 Horsepower

Who doesn’t want a 1,100 horsepower station wagon? Even though Holden-badged cars never landed on US shores, some models still landed here. These include the last Pontiac GTO, Pontiac G8, the underappreciated Chevrolet SS, and the police-spec-only Caprice. We were ...

DCW cars at Holden Nats

The 2022 running of the Tuff Mounts Holden Nationals wasn’t just the biggest version of the event to date, it also served as a perfect curtain-raiser to our own Drag Challenge Weekend. Many of the soldiers in the Heathcote Park ...

Is this a spiritual successor to the Holden Commodore SS? Forget the V8 - new Chevy Blazer SS secures electric future for iconic badge

Chevy Blazer SS paints electric future GM and Holden’s iconic SS performance brand will live on in an electric future, with Chevy teasing a Blazer SS EV. The bade that adorned the flanks for go-fast Commodores was lost to ...

Expression Session: Holden FC coupe

THE Beauchamp family are not new to building elite-level early Holdens. You might remember Peter and Judy’s WILDFB, the highly modified, twin-turbo Lexus V8-powered FB coupe that debuted (and performed very well) at Street Machine Summernats 31. After his heavy ...

1969 Holden Hurricane Concept Car

Code named RD 001; the Holden Hurricane is a mid-engined, rear-wheel drive, two-seater sports car which incorporates a remarkable array of innovative features and technology, much of it way ahead of its time. Features such as electronic digital instrument displays, ...

Right car, wrong time: Kia Stinger, Holden Cruze, Ford Territory Turbo and other near misses from the motoring world

Would Kia’s Stinger be more successful if it had come out a few years earlier to compete with the Holden Commodore? Launching the right car at the right time is the greatest challenge for the car industry.  Get it ...

Holden Monaro Convertible: Australia's Mercedes-Benz SL that almost was

When Holden pulled out of Australia in 2017, a number of prototypes, design sketches, and stories came to the surface. That includes the story of what was going to be the Holden Monaro Convertible. Not Marilyn, the Monaro-based convertible built ...

1968 Holden HK GTS Monaro Auctions For Less Than Expected

But was it really a deal? Over the weekend, a rare 1968 Holden HK GTS Monaro 327 Bathurst Coupe crossed the auction block at the Lloyds in Australia. The numbers-matching Australian muscle car caused quite a stir ahead of the ...

1970 Holden Torana GTR-X

Manufacturers produce concept vehicles for a variety of reasons. Some preview a new direction for design language, others gauge public interest in a particular vehicle and some are unveiled to production ready looks. The 1970 Holden Torana GTR-X concept is ...

Results & Gallery: Holden Nationals 2022

This year’s running of the Tuff Mounts Holden Nationals was the biggest yet, with the schedule pumped out to two huge days of racing as 180 entrants descended on Heathcote Park Raceway in regional Victoria. Racers duked it out in ...

Iconic Holdens sell for unbelievable amounts at auction

Photo / Supplied Not one, but two classic Holdens broke records over the weekend, selling for unbelievable amounts.  The cars in question were the 1 of 1 Prototype Holden survivor car VH SL/E Commodore and a 1968 Holden HK ...

Holden duo scores record price

This original condition 1968 Holden HK Monaro GTS Bathurst coupe sold for more than $300k Australia’s love of Holden remains strong with a pair of classic examples fetching record prices at auction last weekend. A 1968 Holden HK GTS ...

Service your Holden, win a Corvette

US car giant General Motors is offering a brand-new Chevrolet Corvette as a prize to customers who get their Holden cars serviced across its national network. Holden service centres and car parts divisions have hit the brakes since General ...

Classic Holden Commodore and Monaro roar at auction

Ultra-rare Holden Commodore SL/E prototype and GTS Monaro 327 Bathurst reach record prices Two rare classic Holden cars shattered Australian auction records last weekend, with a one-of-one prototype 1979 Holden Commodore VH SL/E selling for $108,000 while a 1968 Holden ...

Never Driven Prototype 1979 Holden Commodore VH SL/E Found Hiding In A Barn For Over 40 Years

Australian barn finds don’t get much more exciting for Holden fans than this unique Commodore VH SL/E prototype from 1979 that was recently discovered hiding under a tarp in the countryside in the state of Victoria. The never-driven vehicle is ...

Rare Holden classic tipped to fetch big bucks at auction

Photos / Supplied A legendary Aussie muscle car is tipped to sell for $500,000 at auction this weekend. The car in question is an unrestored 1968 Holden HK GTS Monaro 327 Bathurst Coupe. It has most of its original ...

Iconic Holden Monaro expected to break records at auction

An unrestored and unmolested 1968 Holden HK Monaro GTS327 is expected to reach a record price when it goes under the hammer at Lloyds Auctions on Saturday. With an indicated 57,000 miles (91,000km) on the odometer, the unrestored example ...

Holden-powered HG Belmont ute

WE’RE all in agreeance that building a tough street machine has its challenges – the heartache of parts lost in transit, of late nights tinkering and of missed deadlines. Now, try to imagine how challenging building this stunning HG ute ...

Classic Holden Commodore prototype to go under hammer

World’s last remaining VH SL/E prototype up for grabs this weekend An ultra-rare, one-of-one 1979 Holden Commodore VH SL/E prototype will be up for grabs this weekend through Lloyds Auctions, providing local classic car enthusiasts the chance to own one ...

The first and final Australian super-ute? 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor detailed, and why it gate-crashes the ranks of the Ford Falcon GT, Holden Commodore SS and Chrysler Charger E49

The exterior is heavily influenced by Ford's F-series pick ups. The Raptor’s wheelbase is 50mm longer than before. Behind the steering wheel is a 12.4-inch digital instrumentation cluster. The 12.0-inch portrait touchscreen runs Ford’s Sync 4A multimedia system. With ...

1942 General Motors Holden anti-tank gun sells for $45,000

Snapshot 2-pounder anti-tank gun was built by GMH in 1942 Australian Government has declared it a protected object Many of the 10,000 items are barred from being shipped overseas UPDATE, February 23, 2022: A Holden-built anti-tank gun has sold at ...

Holden-built WWII anti-tank gun sells for $45,000

An anti-tank gun built by General Motors’ Australian subsidiary Holden in 1942 has reportedly sold for $45,000. The ‘two pounder’ – which is one of 892 examples manufactured at a facility in Woodville, South Australia during World War II ...

Has Kia broken the Commodore curse? Korean brand succeeds where Australian-made Holden failed

The Kia Stinger looks destined to beat the Commodore curse The Kia Stinger looks destined to break the Commodore (and Ford Falcon) curse, with the Korean brand’s performance halo set to live on – at least for now. Even ...

Peter Hondow's Holden EK & HG ute streeter

PETER Hondow has dedicated the past 16 years to restoring rare steel out of his shop, Custom Automotive. We caught up with Peter at Red CentreNATS 7 to talk about car culture in the heart of our country. First published ...

Peter Hondow's Holden FB & HG ute streeter

PETER Hondow has dedicated the past 16 years to restoring rare steel out of his shop, Custom Automotive. We caught up with Peter at Red CentreNATS 7 to talk about car culture in the heart of our country. First published ...

Holden no more as General Motors pulls plug on Australian brand

Long-standing Australian car manufacturer Holden will cease to exist after its American owner announced it would stop selling cars Down Under. General Motors (GM) says it will pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as it exits markets that ...

Best-selling models in China, India, Brazil, the UK and more revealed - and how some of them are related to the Holden Barina

The Nissan Sylphy is the biggest-selling car in the world’s largest car market, China. Each year, automotive brands in markets all over the globe battle for the title of best-selling model and best-selling brand. In Australia last year, Toyota ...

Two-Faced Holden Ute Might Be The Best Running Classic Car Restoration Ad Ever

The last time you saw a unique and stunning classic car drive by, did you wonder if how it might have looked before its restoration? Unfortunately, chances are you’ll never know, which is what makes this two-face 1980 Holden Ute ...

Don't wait! Why you should buy a 2022 Mitsubishi ASX now before it's too late because everything's about to change, Holden VF to ZB Commodore style

The current ASX will be succeeded by a new model that was teased to be Ranult Captur-based. Mitsubishi Motors will unveil an all-new ASX sometime this year, but it will be nothing like the version that has become one ...

Avoiding Holden's mistakes: How Toyota's success is actually helping GWM, Isuzu, Kia, MG and others thrive in Australia, and why the brand should be worried | Opinion

Toyotas like the RAV4, Yaris and HiLux have experienced substantial price rises lately, driving many buyers to other brands. What do GWM (for Great Wall Motors that also includes Haval), Isuzu, Kia and MG have in common? All have ...

25 Years of Drive: The Cadillac that should have been a Holden

Story originally published 12 January, 1996. This new Caddy could have been… perhaps even should have been… a Holden. The long-awaited BMW basher from Cadillac, General Motors’ most prestigious marque, was given the full trumpets-and-satin sheet unveiling in Detroit ...

Australian car production ends as GM Holden closes plant

SYDNEY: Australia’s near 100-year automotive industry ended today as GM Holden Ltd, a unit of US carmaker General Motors Co, closed its plant in South Australia to move manufacturing to cheaper locations. The closure comes a year after Toyota ...

Holden Special Vehicles signs off with 635hp GTS-R W1

MELBOURNE: It’s always a little sad when a vehicle model comes to the end of its lifespan and goes out of production, but it’s even sadder when an entire manufacturing facility turns out the lights. But that’s only a ...