1978 VB Holden Commodore

VB Commodore

The VB Commodore’s release represented the latest world concept in vehicle downsizing at the time, replacing the then popular Holden HZ range. There was global “oil” shortage at the time and GM-H stole the market place with this more fuel efficient, compact design. This was the first Commodore of the highly successfully Holden Commodore range and is the grand-daddy of them all.

Top of the line was the Commodore SL/E, fitted with the 253 4.2 litre V8 engine and Tri-Matic transmission as standard. In addition to the SL’s list of features, the SL/E had a blacked out grille, headlight wiper/washers, extended rear bumpers, 15-inch alloy wheels, black door frames and tail panel, chrome exhaust, velour trim and cut pile carpet, reading lights, tachometer, burr walnut dash, four wheel disc brakes, power steering, air conditioning and a Eurovox stereo radio cassette player with electric aerial.

VB Commodore SL/E

VB Commodore SL/E

Probably the most popular model in the VB Commodore lineup was the “SL”, fitted with the 3.3 litre and Tri-Matic auto as standard.

VB Commodore...the beginning

VB Commodore...the beginning

The first Commodore’s high levels of comfort, generous standard equipment and excellent performance and handling capabilities brought a new level of sophistication to the market, earning it top-selling status and the 1978 Wheels Car of the Year Award.

VB Commodore Wagon

VB Commodore Wagon

VB Commodore sedans and station wagons combined the best available international technology of a GM “world car” design with Australian developed powertrain, steering, suspension, body strengthening and dust sealing. In additionto the base model there was SL and SL/E derivates. Engine choice was 2.85 litre six cylinder, 3.3 litre six cylinder, 4.2 litre V8 and 5.0 litre V8.

VB Commodore

1978 – 1980

Engine: 6 cyl. & V8

Capacity: 2.85/3.3 ltr. 6; 4.2/5.0 ltr. V8

Power: 101kW 202 & 179kW 308

Base price when new : $6,513.

Total built: 95,906

5 Responses to “1978 VB Holden Commodore”

  1. Tony says:

    im looking at a 1978 VB SLE 308 turbo 400 one with the lot how many 308 VB SLE came out . Is this a rare one one owner a bit rough but its all there.

  2. peter says:

    I have a yellow vb sl/e 5.0 in mint condition, how many yellow 5.0 were made

  3. Deb evans says:

    I’m looking for a paint colour availability for my VB Commodore which desperately needs a re duco… Malachite Green 567-30853 / 2c002-D… I simply can’t find a supplier and would appreciate if you have any knowledge of where I may purchase this classic original colour… I’m based in Tweed Heads South. Thanking you in advance. Debs

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  5. Karl Froehlich says:

    Does GMH have or kept records on the build of the 78 79 Commodores?
    ie Engine numbers, and tags etc and if there were any specials assembled for executives to use as a test vehicle to asses for HDT warranty purposes.
    If any such records are available, where would I be able to find them?

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