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1987 HOLDEN VL BERLINA - $49999


The VL series commodore was introduced in 1986, with a production run of only two years.
The VL followed in the footsteps of the popular VK commodore, but received significant
changes all-round. The VL bodylines were softer as well as the introduction of rectangular
headlights, with pop-up covers on Calais. A new instrument cluster was designed as well as
major changes to running gear. Holden opted for the imported, fuel injected Nissan RB30 as
a solution to Australia’s requirement for motors to run on 91 octane, to which the VKs ‘black
motor’ did not. While Holden’s 5 litre V8 was a popular choice, the turbocharged RB30ET was
the star of the show, even still to this day.

This example is an astonishingly original VL Berlina, manufactured in May of 1987 in
Adelaide’s Elizabeth manufacturing plant. Showing a mere 53,871 kilometres, this VL has had
a very easy life, preserving all the original detailing. Finished in ‘Kimberly Bronze’ the body is
nicely accentuated by the classic VL grey lower tone with a fine red pinstripe highlight all-

round. All external plastics present excellently, with original badges evident and presenting
just as well. A set of Simmons V51 wheels are currently fitted, complimenting the lower
accents and body colour. The original hubcaps and front springs will be supplied to the new

The interior presents just as immaculately as the exterior. One will notice the specifically
shaped sheep’s wool seat covers. Peel them back and you are presented with incredibly well-
preserved Sandlewood upholstery. The list continues with the original Eurovox AM/FM
Cassette radio still fitted as well as the two Holden spoke steering wheel. The detail is evident
throughout, even down the clarity of the clear plastic facia to the instrument cluster. And to
complete the interior, the original Owners Manual, Eurovox warranty card and manual are still together with this car.

The running gear is just as original, featuring the non-turbo RB30E 3-litre fuel injected inline 6
motor mated to a four speed automatic. Although it may not bring as much excitement
nowadays as it did in the late 80s, it’s a joy in itself to experience the late 80s driving
pleasure. The engine bay is so well cared for that one will still find original stickers such as the
‘Vehicle Emission Control Information’ on the strut tower and even GM part number stickers
still attached to their original parts.

As far as original VL commodores go, this has to be one of the best. The sheer originality and
preservation over it's 35 years of existence is a feat in itself, and now it’s time for the next phase of this VL Berlina’s life. You’d be hard pressed to find a better example VL Berlina.

YEAR: 1987







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