1980 WB Holden Caprice – Today’s Golden Oldie Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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1980 WB Holden Caprice 1980 WB Holden Caprice
1980 WB Holden Caprice 1980 WB Holden Caprice
1980 WB Holden Caprice 1980 WB Holden Caprice
1980 WB Holden Caprice 1980 WB Holden Caprice
1980 WB Holden Caprice 1980 WB Holden Caprice
1980 WB Holden Caprice 1980 WB Holden Caprice

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The WB Caprice was the last of a line of long-wheelbase luxo sedans that were ideally suited to long-distance travel on Aussie roads.

Released in May 1980, production ran until 1984, at which time General Motors announced it would no longer build large, luxury focused vehicles and instead focus on producing more opulent versions of the Commodore.

The WB was designed by legendary GM and Holden stylist, Leo Pruneau, and employed a six-light body theme along with an elongated, squared-off roofline.

Power was derived from Holden’s Aussie-built 5.0l V8, which produced around 126kW. The donk was mated to an American-made THM350 3-speed automatic gearbox. However, in an effort to save money, the THM350 was replaced in 1981 by the locally made ‘Trimatic’ 3-speed automatic gearbox.

All-in-all there were 4208 WB Caprices produced in its four year lifespan, making it a rather rare car nowadays.

This particular WB Caprice is a 1980 model and, judging by the photos, appears to be in great, original condition.

This vehicle also has the added benefit of claiming a very low mileage for its age; just 112,563 kilometres from new.

The seller also points out that the Caprice has recently had a number of important components replaced or serviced, including: five new whitewall tyres, fully refurbished brake booster, master cylinder, front and rear disc calipers, new brake pads, new brake lines, new front rotors, new wheel bearings and seals, air-conditioning serviced with new filter, new drive belts for the air-conditioning, alternator and power steering, new fuel pump, new heater tap, new exhaust and new front end bushes.

The seller is asking $20,000 for this palatial cruiser.

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