Thursday, November 10, 2016

Holden My Breath: 2001 Holden Ute

The VX generation of the Holden Commodore was built in Australia for local consumption from 2000 through 2002 along with its sister car, the Holden Ute that was designated VU.  The V platform was a full sized affair built with a front-engine rear-drive setup with Ecotec V6 and Gen III small block V8 power heading to the rear wheels.  Find this 2001 Holden Ute offered for $6,000 in Hawthorne, CA via craigslist. Tip from Peter. 

The seller lists the car as an "EL CAMINO FROM AUSTRALIA" and judging by the other Ute in the photos, this seller knows his Australian late models.  The ICE guys will have a problem with this car since it isn't 25 years old yet, but supposedly there are ways to get new cars into the country without having the Feds crush 'em...just don't ask me.

The original engine (probably a GM 5.7 liter Gen III small block V8) is gone, but putting something that will pass EPA emissions tests will go a long way towards getting this thing federalized if it isn't already.

 See another right hand drive rolling chassis?


  1. The SBC is missed, for sure, but wouldn't the small turbo four work well? I don't know what the payload capacity is in this but I can't imagine the enthusiast purchaser of this doing too much asphalt hauling with it. That pressurized 4 pot makes good torque and would scoot this ute with zoot. Or something.

  2. About time you seppos gave us some credit! Pritty much the only way anyone could make America great again is to start importing heaps of fully sick HSV utes

  3. I was $100 away from winning this thing, swapping in the LQ4 from my Silverado, and having a new work truck.

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