My story by David Young

David has loved the FJ Holden since he was 15. Then in 1982 he spotted one parked on the side of the road. He approached the owner and insisted that he took David's contact details, and 12 months later David was the proud "new" owner.

60 Years Loyal

David now has 5 Holden vehicles parked in his garage, including 3 FJ Holdens, and has one earmarked for each of his 5 grandchildren."Holden is a huge part of my life,
it will also be my legacy for them" says David

60 Years Loyal

The VC Commodore

The new VC Commodore launched in 1980. While the line-up was basically unchanged - the entry level model was now badged Commodore L - VC delivered major improvements in power output, driveability and economy. The revised Blue XT5 engines were up to 25 per cent more powerful and 15 per cent more economical than before. The sixes received a 12-port head, new manifolding, two-barrel carburetors and electronic ignition. The V8s had new heads, inlet manifold electronic ignition and a four-barrel carburetor for the 4.2 version. A four-cylinder model released mid-year was powered by a 1.9 litre unit based on the Holden Sunbird Starfire engine.

1980 VC Commodore SL

Similar body to VB but with new "egg-crate" hatched grille; Holden badge mounted centre of grille and centre of boot; the word 'Commodore' on curb - side of boot; model name set into runner protector strip on front doors.

ENGINE:
1.9L 4-cylinder, 2.85L 6-cylinder,
3.3L 6-cylinder, 4.2L V8, 5L V8

TRANSMISSION:
4-speed manual gearbox,
3-speed Trimatic automatic transmission,
3-speed Turbohydramatic
350 automatic transmission

DIMENSIONS:
Length: 4706 mm
Wheelbase: 2668 mm
Width: 1722 mm

MODELS:
Available in 7 model variants

The VL Commodore

The VL enabled Holden to regain its former position as the number one choice of family car. As well as major exterior and interior improvements, it introduced a completely new six-cylinder engine and an electronically controlled four speed automatic transmission.

The VL was controversial with the use of a Japanese engine, but when the fuss died down, the public discovered a much improved Commodore with a sensational drivetrain. Motor Manual magazine said: "The new engine transforms the Commodore. It is smoother, quieter, more responsive and has more power at the top end. We found both automatic and manual Commodores would reach an indicated 200 km/h."

1986 VL Commodore

Substantial reworking of previous Commodore bodyshell with new lowered front-end bodywork featuring wide slim headlights and a small louvred grille; Holden badge front centre between bonnet and grille; Calais has transparent grille and semiconcealed headlights; all models have integral plastic front bumper/spoiler/air intake and raised lip at the rear to the bootlip.

ENGINE:
3L EFI 6-cylinder,
3L turbocharged EFI 6-cylinder
4.9L V8

TRANSMISSION:
5-speed manual gearbox,
4-speed automatic transmission
3-speed Trimatic automatic transmission (for V8)

DIMENSIONS:
Length: 4766 mm
Wheelbase: 2668 mm
Width: 1722 mm

MODELS:
Available in 7 model variants

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