1988 VN Holden Commodore

VN Commodore

VN Holden Commodore

Rated Number (8)

Classic Holden Cars TOP TEN

Commodore VN

Designed to achieve the dramatic market impact reserved only for the most historic and significant Holden models.

VN Holden Commodore Calais

VN Holden Commodore Calais











VN Holden Commodore Sedan

VN Holden Commodore Sedan

A winner from day one, the VN represented a major generational change and was considerably larger and more powerful than its predecessors. Based on an Opel design, but widened and comprehensively restyled for Australia, it had an all-new, rounded body and aerodynamically efficient flush fitting glass. Standard powerplant was a torquey 3.8 litre V6 – as powerful as the old carburetted V8. A fuel-injected 5.0 litre V8, the most powerful mass-produced Aussie engine so far, was standard on the SS model, optional across the range. The VN won all three motor magazine Car of the Year awards in 1989 and returned Commodore to the top of the sales charts.

After an absence of nearly seven years, the Holden passenger car derived ute made a comeback in 1990 with an all-new VN-based VG Utility and S Utility. Model range: Commodore SL sedan, Commodore Executive sedan and wagon, Commodore Berlina sedan and wagon, Commodore S sedan and wagon, Commodore SS sedan, Calais sedan.

VN Commodore testing

VN Commodore testing


VN Holden Commodore


1988 – 1991

Engine: 6 cyl. & V8

Capacity: 3.8 litre EFI V6; 5.0 V8 EFI

Power: 125kW (V6) & 165kW (V8)

Transmission: 5 spd. manual; 4 speed Turbohydramatic; 6 speed ZF manual (Group A)


Base price when new: $20,014.

Total built: 215,180 (includes 5 millionth Holden).

2 Responses to “1988 VN Holden Commodore”

  1. David says:

    Hi Great site yet where is the info on the VL model

  2. david askew says:


    I own Tom Walkinshaws Holden Commodore VN 5000SV, He brought it to the UK in about 1994 and I purchased it from him.
    It is still in good condition, can you tell me what it may be worth?

    David Askew

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