By David Young
David has loved the FJ Holden since he was 15. Then in 1982 he spotted one parked on the side of the road. He approached the owner and insisted that he took David's contact details, and 12 months later David was the proud "new" owner.
David now has 5 Holden vehicles parked in his garage, including 3 FJ Holdens, and has one earmarked for each of his 5 grandchildren. "Holden is a huge part of my life, it will also be my legacy for them" says David
The VL Commodore
The VL enabled Holden to regain its former position as the number one choice of family car. As well as major exterior and interior improvements, it introduced a completely new six-cylinder engine and an electronically controlled four speed automatic transmission.
The VL was controversial with the use of a Japanese engine, but when the fuss died down, the public discovered a much improved Commodore with a sensational drivetrain. Motor Manual magazine said: "The new engine transforms the Commodore. It is smoother, quieter, more responsive and has more power at the top end. We found both automatic and manual Commodores would reach an indicated 200 km/h."