1979 Holden VB Commodore SL Sedan

General-Motors Holden Australia1979-01-01/1979-12-30

National Motor Museum, Australia

National Motor Museum, Australia
Birdwood, Australia

Front view of 1979 Holden.Following the oil crises of the 1970s, GM Holden decided to introduce a more compact family car. The Commodore, based on the Rekord model built by Opel (a German marque in the General Motors group), was marketed as Holden’s ‘car of the future’. The first in the series, the VB Commodore, was launched in November 1978. Its body design was largely based on the Opel Rekord E, but it fitted with an Australian-built engine and tested extensively on the company’s proving grounds at Lang Lang for suitability to Australian road conditions. It was produced from 1978 to 1980, the shortest production run of any Commodore.
The VB Commodore was a smaller size to Holden’s previous family car, the Kingswood. It was praised for its value for money and engineering sophistication and won the 1979 Wheels ‘Car of the Year’.
The Commodore became one of Australia’s most popular family cars.

Engine: 2.85 litre
Capacity: 2640 cc
Power: 86 hp
Weight: 1220 kg


  • Title: 1979 Holden VB Commodore SL Sedan
  • Creator: General-Motors Holden Australia, General-Motors Holden Australia
  • Date Created: 1979-01-01/1979-12-30
  • Location: Birdwood, South Australia
  • Provenance: This VB Commodore was donated to the Museum by Fred Rooke.
  • Rights: History Trust of South Australia, CC-0, photographer: Epsom Rd Studios

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