For sale: 1980 Holden VC Commodore restored with 500hp LS3 engine

Josh Bennis

Up for sale on eBay is this 1980 Holden VC Commodore. It has been given new life thanks to a ground up rebuild, with new suspension, interior, paint and panels, and its greatest asset, a brand new crate 6.2-litre LS3 engine from the General (this same engine can be found in HSV’s latest E3 monsters).

Back in the 1980s, Peter Brock was the king of producing and inspiring V8-powered performance sedans for the masses. However, take a car from that era, and transplant 2012 technology into it, and what you get is something Brocky would have been proud of.

The car is up for sale, but not in Australia. You’ll have to trek over the Tasman for this one, as it’s for sale in New Zealand. The body is a dinky dye VC Commodore (build date October 2, 1980), and was purchased from its original owners with only 98,000kms on the clock. Apparently it was always garaged, with no accident history – certainly a rare find when dealing with 30-plus year-old cars.

Looking over the spec list, you can tell whoever rebuilt the car, didn’t spare a cent, and was only willing to fit the best equipment. The seller states that the rebuild was just completed, too.

Here’s a list of the specs:

  • Engine: Brand new crate 6.2-litre LS3, with ‘hot cam’ – seller states it’s good for a healthy 500hp.
  • Gearbox: Four-speed HSV 4l65 automatic with Yank 3200rpm stall converter, equipped with Compushift transmission controller, allowing the driver to change shift points, kick-down, and shift firmness. The driver is treated to a handy B&M Pro Ratchet shifter, that has been elegantly disguised with some handy trim work.
  • Diff and suspension: Brand new LSD and driveshafts, and all suspension and steering bushes have been replaced, as have all wheel bearings.
  • Wheels and brakes: 16×8 ROH Chicane three-piece with Toyo DOT rated tyres. Willwood brake setup.
  • Fuel tank: 95-litre baffled alloy fuel tank. The seller states that 700kms on a full tank is achievable.

Just by looking at the pictures, the attention to detail is insane. The seller claims it’ll run 0-100km/h in less than four seconds, which is more than good enough to beat the latest 325kW HSV GTS.

The seller is asking for AU $45,000. There isn’t too many ground-up rebuilds like this up for sale, especially strapped with the beating punch of a brand new LS3 engine, and a complete new drivetrain. For any Aussie buyer, it’d be worth shipping over, and enjoying every Sunday from now until the end of the universe…

You can view the eBay advertisement by clicking here.

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