This very special run-out HSV brings to an end a half century of loud, mean and grunting Australian home-grown muscle cars. These have included Holden’s now-legendary 1969 Monaro HT GTS 350 coupé, as well as its Bathurst-winning (by six clear laps!) 1977 Torana LX SS A9X, the wild HDT Commodore VK SS Group A of 1985, and more recently the 2015 Commodore VF II SS V Redline, better known in the UK as the Vauxhall VXR-8.
Holden hasn’t had it all its own way down under though, as 50 years ago Ford introduced the first in a long-line of its own Australian muscle saloons too. The bronze-only Falcon XR GT of 1967 set the challenge for Holden, followed-up by the epic Falcon XY GT-HO Phase III 351 GT (catchy names hey!) of 1971, plus the wild 2008 FPV Falcon F6 V6 Turbo, and 2015’s run-out Ford Falcon FG XR8. Chrysler of Australia also got in on the act with its cult Charger VH E49 coupé in 1972, whilst locally-built Leyland never quite hit the spot with its promising but failed Force 7 V8 coupé of 1974.
So, as the Last Post is played for the final hot Holden, an antipodean chapter in motoring history is closed. From now on, it’s only warmed-up imports for the Australians, which given the huge number of speed cameras, speed bumps and often-needless speed restrictions in that vast country, might be just as well, as clearly the local authorities no longer want enthusiastic Australian motorists to have any fun. Streuth cobber!