Holden Maloo Ute With Corvette ZR1 Power Goes For $804,000 at Auction
The final Commodore ever made also brought in a healthy $570,000.
A duo of Holden vehicles made headlines this weekend after peaking high at the auction block. First was a Holden Maloo Ute sporting a Corvette ZR1 engine under the hood, which sold for a staggering $804,000, making the "Light My Fire Orange" super-pickup one of the most expensive Australian cars ever sold at auction. The final SS V Redline Commodore to roll out of the Elizabeth plant in Adelaide also found a new home for the eye-watering amount of $570,000.
Whoever was the lucky buyer(s) of these iconic Australian rides should be plenty happy with their powerful, practical Holdens, whether the four-door Chevy SS cousin or the ZR1-powered ute.
Australia's Holden entered the car industry in 1908, was bought by General Motors in 1931, started building its famous Elizabeth plant in 1958, and discontinued production with this final Holden Commodore VIN 6G1FE5EW3HL333644 in 2017, only to shut down completely in 2020. Considering all of that, it's hardly surprising that the last of the Commodore Series II SS V Redline packing 408 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque would bring such a large sum at auction.
As far as the Ute, it was simply a matter of exclusivity, as it was one of only four 2017 HSV GTSR W1 Maloo Utes ever built. Holden Special Vehicles was voted down on producing Commodore GTSR W1-based Maloo Utes due to concerns over the business case, but HSV still built four W1-spec Utes for certain friends of the team, equipped with the 635-horsepower LS9 V8s from that also powered the C6 Corvette ZR1.
Unlike the red Commodore sedan, this two-door HSV comes with a six-speed manual, AP Racing's six-piston monoblock calipers grabbing 410mm steel rotors up front, Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires, and a carbon fiber trim package. When we reported that this car was going under the hammer with just 423 miles on the clock, it was already past half-a-million dollars.
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