HERE WE GO AGAIN!

ďTHEREíS JUST A PUFF OF SMOKE DURING A COLD START TO SHOW FOR ITS 210,000KMĒ


NO, I DONíT need another car. I have VW Beetles and an early Holden Commodore sedan project, plus my time-warp VN Holden Calais V8 and early Mazda MX-5. And my brown VB Commodore SL wagon, too; the rolling restoration that so many of you seem to enjoy reading about and a few have recognised when Iíve been driving it (thanks for saying hi!). Thatís more than enough cars to cruiseÖ and I realise how lucky I am to own them.

So, to inspect another car for sale is maybe not too sensible!

Yes, I bought this beige 1982 VH Holden Commodore SL/X. Itís a 3.3-litre six with auto and power steering. It has air-con, too, and like my VB SL wagon, itís the top-spec wagon for its time. The original owner handed-in her licence some years ago and her son has been cruising it since. Now heís on the hunt for a Holden panel van so sold the Commodore to free-up shed space and fun vouchers.

Itís in gorgeous condition. The beige paint Ė almost the same shade as my now-sold 1982 Mitsubishi Sigma SE Ė has been resprayed on the bonnet, turret and tailgate. Itís a tidy job and does lots to lift the looks of this classic that has lived through 37 Aussie summers.


ďTHEREíS JUST A PUFF OF SMOKE DURING A COLD START TO SHOW FOR ITS 210,000KMĒ

The interior is one of the best Iíve ever seen in an early Commodore. Itís a richer, brighter hue of green than a Daintree rainforest postcard! The only blemishes are one missing rear ash-tray and a few scratches around the tailgate where, over the years, kidsí bikes, furniture and other family fundamentals have been loaded.

Sold new in rural NSW, it was optioned with the Country Pack: sump and fuel tank guard, a heavy duty air-cleaner (of course, the original filter is long gone but the sticker remains on the air-cleaner housing) and slightly taller and stiffer suspension.

Iím a big fan of the early Commodoreís on-road manners and this one drives beaut. Thereís just a puff of smoke during a cold start to show for its 210,000km. The rear dampers are Monroe GT Gas and the front end and steering are totally devoid of the rattles and the wobbles that afflicted my ex-Qld (where there are no safety inspections!) VB wagon when I bought it.

Less than a fortnight after I bought the beige beast, it was commissioned to appear in a TV series, as two of my other cars have been. The series is set in the 1980s so I dressed my wagon in a set of authentic 80s Simmons V5 alloy wheels for its month on-set.

The Simmons are borrowed but Iím not yet sure if I will re-fit the VH SL/X standard 14s with the distinctive spiderweb hubcaps or a set of SL/E 15-inch alloysÖ decisions, decisions!