After hearing about the final 1200 Motorsport Editions being released, I went on down to my local Holden dealer to enquire about purchasing one. This dealer happens to be the largest in NSW – and Australia – and they were allocated just 10 Motorsport Editions, three Directors and two Magnums. Of course, when I enquired they were all sold out, bar two Motorsports Editions with a retail price of $70,000.
This was bit more than I wanted to spend so I put down a deposit on a base-model SS manual in Son of a Gun Grey for $53,119. This represented the best value for money with a lot of carry-over features from the SS-V.
The dealer had just received their allocation for vehicles until the end of production and there were a lot of disappointed salespeople. From what I gather their allocation of V8s was approximately 200 including HSV, which is not a lot when you think about it. I wouldn’t be waiting too long as I don’t think there will be any sales on V8s as demand will outweigh the limited supply.
I have an approximate delivery date of April and I can’t wait to pick her up, although it will also be a very emotional day knowing this will be my last true Holden.
The impending closure of Holden (and with it putting the final nail in Australia’s carmanufacturing coffin) is a national disgrace, which I blame the Liberal Government for.
They had a clear agenda to close Holden, backed them into a corner after six weeks in power and got the outcome they were after with major future implications.
This story tallies with what we’ve been told by Holden, that the vast majority of the Special Editions are spoken for and that if you’re after a V8 Commodore, you’d best act quickly as most dealers have names against their limited remaining allocation.