The past year has not been good to GM’s Australian subsidiary Holden, which has seen sales of its full-size Commodore sedan and Ute pickup plummet as buyers opt for smaller, more fuel-efficient options. There is even word that by 2016, GM could close Holden’s plants entirely, leaving Australia without a domestic manufacturer for the first time in decades. If you’re a fan of Holden’s unique styling and automotive flair, the clock may be winding down on your chance to own one.
Carscoops came across a Holden Ute on eBay that would be perfect for America’s roads. Somehow a left-hand drive Holden Ute found its way to the Netherlands, where it’s now for sale by its owner. While the $40,000 asking price seems steep, it’s still about $5,000 cheaper than your only other Americanized Holden option, the Chevy SS.
Of course once you factor in import duties, shipping, and other such silly taxes and fees, the total price of bringing this left-hand drive Holden to America would probably exceed fifty large. It’d still be worth it though, as converting and importing your own Holden would be even more expensive. It’s even had a slew of upgrades to sweeten the pot.
A claimed 550 horsepower is available from a swapped Corvette LS3 GT3 engine, backed by a beefed-up automatic transmission. Bigger brakes, sway bars, and anti-roll bars help this Holden stick to the track, and it’s a unique way to go fast. In a few more years, Holden might not even be around anymore, driving collector car prices through the roof. This might be the right time to make an investment in a serious Holden collectible… and this left-hand drive Holden might be a good start.