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2010 VE Holden Commodore Omega

Todays 2010 VE Holden Commodore Omega leads the race to be Australia’s top selling family sedan.

2010 VE Holden Commodore Omega

2010 VE Holden Commodore Omega

Specifications

3.0L 60-degree Double Overhead Cam V6 with 4 valves per cylinder. Twin knock control sensors with individual cylinder adaptive control. On-board diagnostics. Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI)

Power
190kW @ 6700rpm (ECE, kW)

Torque
290Nm @ 2900rpm (ECE, Nm)

Transmission
6-speed auto with Active Select

Fuel economy 9.3 (L/100km)

Recommended fuel
E10, ULP or PULP for slightly higher performance

Fuel tank capacity 73 Litres

Brakes
Four wheel disc. Ventilated discs – front and rear. Twin piston alloy front caliper, single piston alloy rear caliper

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Incorporating: Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Brake Assist (EBA), Traction Control System (TCS)

Suspension (front)
Direct acting stabiliser bar. Coil spring

Suspension (rear)
Multi-Link Independent Rear Suspension (IRS). Coil spring. Stabiliser bar

Steering
Variable ratio rack and pinion

Wheelbase: 2915 mm…Track front: 1602 mm…Rear: 1618 mm
Length: 4894 mm…Width: 1899 mm…Height: 1476 mm

1993 VR Commodore

1993 VR Commodore
Holds the title of the most-awarded Australian car. It featured significant styling changes, highlighted by a distinctive twin port grille and a large central air intake, improved ride and handling, extra comfort and convenience features. Increased primary and secondary safety levels included the first driver’s airbag fitment.

1993 VR Holden Commodore

1993 VR Holden Commodore

The new, safety-orientated Acclaim model offered IRS, ABS and seat belt webbing clamps. Further changes included a soft-form, wrap-around instrument panel, adjustable steering column, CFC-free air conditioning and clever electronic security.


The VR Series was more than a simple facelift of the VP Commodore, the only body panels being carried over were the roof and the door skins.

The shape was now softer and more aerodynamic, and with additions such as the first Australian built car to offer a driver’s airbag, the VR was unquestionably superior in every department over previous iterations.


There was also a new electronic automatic transmission, and a new engine/auto computer module (IPCM 6)  boasting a larger capacity memory module which proved considerably faster than the previous model.

Now standard on all models were the body computer, power mirrors, tachometer and gas bonnet struts.

There was a new security system, and some minor improvements to the V6, making the engine both smoother and marginally more powerful, while reducing fuel consumption.

The interior benefited from a softer looking dash and instrument panel, a smaller diameter steering wheel, while the VR was now fitted with a tilt/telescopic steering column adjustment.

The VR Series II was introduced in September 1994, and boasted heaps of improvements including

  • Convex passenger side rear mirror
  • Speed Alert
  • Warning chime for handbrake on
  • Fuel low warning light and chimes
  • Superior cloth trim
  • Red trim on the boot rather than grey (Executive only)
  • Black grill inserts (Executive)
  • Series II badges under the front side indicators
  • V8 optioned cars were fitted with a different starter motor
  • New exhaust manifold for V6 models (in an attempt to make it quiet

Most revered (apart from HSV models) was the SS, naturally enough fitted with the 5.0 litre V8, although you could option it with a HSV enhanced unit good for 185kW. The SS featured an integrated brake light within the rear wing, along with an aerodynamically designed rear bumper. The grille was blacked out, and featured red highlights, while fog-lamps were integrated into the front bumper.

 

VR COMMODORE

1993 – 1995

Engine: 6 cyl. & V8

Capacity: 3.8 litre EFI V6; 5.0 V8 EFI

Power:130kW (V6) & 165kW (V8)

Transmission: 5 spd. man & 4 spd. Turbohydramatic

 

Base price when new: $25,302.

Total built: 165,262






1991 VP Commodore

1991 VP Commodore

Subtle styling changes, including headlamps and turn lenses that wrapped into the front guards, engineering refinements and equipment upgrades characterised the VP range.

1991 Holden Commodore VP

1991 Holden Commodore VP



This model saw the introduction of independent rear suspension (IRS) and anti-lock brakes (ABS). All models featured remote central locking and a sophisticated anti-theft system. Calais had a body computer which controlled a range of functions, including speed-sensitive power steering and automatic lights out.



The VP Holden Commodore was always going to be a face-lifted VN, however there were considerable and detailed improvements made over the latter model. Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) was introduced, fitted as standard equipment on the Calais and Commodore SS and optional across the range, the system being adapted from the long wheelbase VQ.

On the exterior the Holden engineers kept changes to a minimum, the futuristic looking clear acrylic cover running across the length and at the top of the grille of the Executive model always being contentious (others models used a colour coded version).

Holden Commodore VP

1991 – 1993

Engine: 6 cyl. & V8

Capacity: 3.8 litre EFI V6 and 5.0 litre V8 EFI

Power: 127kW (V6) & 165kW (V8)

Transmission: 5 spd. man / 4 speed Turbohydramatic 700

Number Built:   92,860


Base price when new: $23,992.

 

Total built: 111,770


1962 EJ Holden

EJ Holden

In 1962 Holden launched a completely new, lower-profile streamlined body with more interior space, new foam-padded seating and better all-round visibility.

EJ Holden the 1 millionth classic holden car comes off the production line

EJ Holden the 1 millionth classic holden car comes off the production line


The “Premier” model was introduced and the name “Premier”, was to be identified with luxury Classic Holden Cars for 16 years. The EJ Premier, first with standard metallic paint and auto transmission, offered leather trim bucket seats, heater, carpet, floor console and whitewalls. The EJ had Duo Servo brakes, strengthened front suspension, safety belt anchorages.


Base price when new:

£1051 ($2,102).


Total built: 154,811



Holden EJ Specifications

Model: EJ  Year: 1962/1963

Car Engine: 2262 ccm (137,34 cubic inches)

Car Engine type: in-line, 6-cyl

Car Max power: 65.00 PS (47,76 kW or 63,68 HP) at 4200 Rev. per min.

Car Max torque: 163.00 Nm (16,52 kgf-m or 119,60 ft.lbs) at 1400 Rev. per min.

Car Fuel: Gasoline Car Power per weight: 0.0575 PS/kg

Car Drive: Rear Car Passenger space: 4610 litres (1211,91 gallons)

Car Country of origin: Australia Car Weight: 1134 kg (2487,50 pounds)

Car total length: 4500 mm (176,31 inches) Car total width: 1740 mm (68,16 inches)

Car total height: 1480 mm (58,01 inches) Car Wheelbase: 2680 mm (104,97 inches)

Car Front brakes type: Drums Car Rear brakes type: Drums

Holden Car Clubs In Australia

Join a Holden Car Club in Australia, meet with club members at swap meets and rallies and see first hand, Classic Holden Cars.

Links:

Commodore Club of Tasmania

Commodore Car Club of WA

East Coast Commodores

Old Holden

EJ EH Holden Club of Queensland

NSW Commodore Owners Club



Price Guide For Classic Holden Cars

Values in this guide are from (August Edition) Australian Classic Car magazine and are only an indication of recent car prices at auctions, dealerships and private sales as at time of publication.

Key Price Categories

A – Excellent. Top-class vehicles, having undergone full or partial restorations, or first-quality, low-mileage originals.
B – Average. Complete vehicles in good condition considering age, mileage, etc. May only require a bit of work to be a first-class example.
C – Rough, Restorable. Essentially complete, basically sound vehicles, often registered and usable, making prime candidates for full or part restorations up to [A] or [B] standards, representing a worthwhile purchase.

HOLDEN 48-215 (‘FX’) sedan 1948-53
(A) $20000 (B) $8000-$15000 (C) $1500

HOLDEN EH sedan 1963-64
(A) $12000 (B) $7000-$10000 (C) $5000

HOLDEN EJ sedan 1963-63
(A) $10000-$12000 (B) $5000-$7000 (C) $3000

HOLDEN EJ/EH PREMIER sedan 1963-64
(A) $10000-$12000 (B) $5000-$7000 (C) $2000-$5000

HOLDEN FB-EK sedan 1960-62
(A) $10000-$12000 (B) $7000-$8000 (C) $5000-$6000

HOLDEN FC sedan 1958-59
(A) $10000-$12000 (B) $7000-$8000 (C) $5000

HOLDEN FE sedan 1956-58
(A) $10000-$12000 (B) $7000-$8000 (C) $5000

HOLDEN FJ sedan 1953-56
(A) $15000 (B) $4500-$7000 (C) $1000

HOLDEN HD sedan 1965
(A) $8000 (B) $2000 (C) $800

HOLDEN HR PREMIER sedan 1965-68
(A) $8000 (B) $3000 (C) $1000

HOLDEN HK/HT/HG MONARO sedan 1968-71
(A) $20000-$40000 (B) $8000-$15000 (C) $5000

HOLDEN HK/HT/HG/HQ sedan 1968-71
(A) $12000 (B) $8000 (C) $5000

HOLDEN HQ MONARO sedan 1971-74
(A) $20000-$30000 (B) $8000-$12000 (C) $3000-$5000

HOLDEN HR sedan 1966-68
(A) $5000 (B) $2000 (C) $900

Classic Holden Cars Fetch Big Money at Auction

The immortalized HK Holden Kingswood has set a new benchmark for Classic Holden Cars at a

recent motor vehicle auction in Melbourne.


HK Holden Kingswood

HK Holden Kingswood



The 41 year old White HK Series Holden Kingswood 253V8 sedan, converted to run on LPG, unregistered and with no reserve price, sold for a staggering $17,000.
The record price shows an increased value of 675% on its’ original new car launch price.
That’s not a bad result on the initial investment for an Australian built motor car.

To give you some idea of this amazing result, at the same auction, a 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow sold for a mere $12,500. It would have cost a tad more than that when new!
No wonder the HK Holden Kingswood is one of the Classic Holden Cars

Holden Cars Top Ten

Holden cars all time best sellers

TOP TEN

Figures based on production run

(1) 1971 HQ (485,650) Price new $2,730

(2) 1998 VT (303,895) Price new $29,760

(3) 1995 VS (277,774) Price new $26,780

(4) 2004 VZ (261,238) Price new $33,160

(5) 1963 EH (256,959) Price new $2,102

(6) 1966 HR (252,352) Price new $2,167

(7) 2002 VY (241,909) Price new $30,880

(8) 1988 VN (215,180) Price new $20,014

(9) 2000 VX (207,339) Price new $28,900

(10) 1958 FC (191,724) Price new $2,220

(Prices quoted at the point of production)