The whispers of the last Commodore update have begun and with it brings us closer to the end of the country's automotive industry.
So, let's go for a wonder down memory lane. What are the 5 most memorable Australian cars (that made production) for you and why?
To start off here are mine. Now as a 30 year old who never had much time for the 'classics' all of my faves are from the more modern era.
5. The TRD Aurion
I know this is lame but I just loved what Toyota did with the styling of this car. I can't remember the reasons that this car failed so spectacularly (probably torque steer) but I just remember seeing this and thinking how aggressive yet smart the car looked. Minus points for alloy wheels that looked like they were made of plastic.
4. The Ford Territory
A game changer. There have been a few times in my life that my inner Holden fan would look on in fear of a new Ford product that I was sure was going to decimate Holden (of the 3 occasions I thought this, the Territory was the only one that actually occurred). This was such a classic design with a real tip of the hat to some of Audi's design themes. To top it off it had all the practicality tricks up its sleeve that made people like me who get off on that very happy.
3. The Holden Monaro
Duh. Though I did kind of wish that they produced an actual copy of the concept car - VT taillights and all. I think if I ever did a project car is would be converting a V2 Monaro to the Commodore Coupe show car.
2. The HSV E-Series GTS
This is by far one of my favourite cars ever. Stylistically, I just can't flaw it. It took the perfect proportions of the VE and made them even better with some aggressive restraint that I think the designer of the E2 HSV range should have taken some lessons from. And those wheels!! Just perfection.
1. The VT Commodore.
I can dead set tell you the exact location, colour and model of the first VT sedan and wagon I saw in the wild. This car came out when I was in grade 7. After the slab sided look of the previous Commodores, I couldn't get my head around all the curves of the VT. In fact, this car was the catalyst for my love of car design. My favourite design feature was the way the front guards blistered around the tyres just below the character line that stretched the full length of the car (me liking the front guard continued through all subsequent Commodore models)