For Aussie muscle lovers, this is the holy grail.
Do you remember the Pontiac G8? It was a rebadged version of Australia's Holden Commodore, which itself could be likened to today's Dodge Charger. Pontiac is now dead, and so is Holden. The last Holden ever produced in Australia rolled off the production line back in 2017, and in a cruel twist of fate, Holden became the one to sell badge-engineered American cars until last year when the whole brand was shut down for good. But for Australians, the rivalry between Ford and Holden was arguably greater than that between Detroit's big three. As such, that final Holden ever produced has become something akin to the holy grail for fans of the brand, and now it's for sale.
It's listed on Lloyds Online, an auction house that is accepting bids for the next two days. We'll get to the price in a minute, but first we have to justify why it costs what it does. According to the listing, the Holden Commodore in the pics is a Series II SSV Redline model and has just 102 kilometers on the clock (approximately 63 miles). It's got the "Red Hot" paint finish, and that paint is virtually brand new, as the car has only traveled around 34 miles for a service since the current owner acquired it. Not only is it the last Holden vehicle ever made in Australia, it also has the last body ever framed, last VIN ever stamped, and the it's the last car to be painted in Holden's body shop.
The current owner is someone who recognized the potential future value of the car early on and was among a very small circle of people who knew of its importance. He was a Holden employee for 14 years in "a number of senior roles" and bought the car sight unseen after learning that it was the last ever. He acquired it from a dealer who didn't know of its provenance and had not even taken delivery yet. Although the pictures don't show it, the listing states that all the pre-deliver stickers, covers, and plastics were never removed. As a result, bidding has now reached AUD255,000, or approximately $195,000.