1991 Holden Commodore VP Executive BT1 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine


Ex-SA Police car | Matching numbers, 5.0lt V8 and four-speed auto

The VP Holden Commodore was a discernibly more refined package over the preceding VN, with a stack more standard equipment, significant reductions in NVH, and a stiffer chassis with revised suspension and steering.

Visually, the VP gained different wheels and tyres, as well as a few small details such as grille, taillights; and the Calais’ divisive acrylic grille and wheel-arch filler trim.

Engine options included a 3.8lt V6, and two 5.0lt V8s rated to 165kW in the Commodore range, and 180kW in the HSV range.

Transmission options were either a four-speed auto or a five-speed T-5 manual.

The BT1 or Police Pack was available to both Australian and New Zealand Police forces, and were built upon the baseline Executive model.

Engine output remained unchanged – despite the many tales of the mythical "cop chip" ECU remap.

Notable upgrades a part of the BT1 pack  included: Sports suspension, oil sump protector, 15" steelies, transmission cooler and a limited slip differential.

This 1991 VP BT1 was an ex-SA Patrol Car, with matching numbers.

It’s got the 5.0lt V8 with a four-speed auto, and currently has 248,000kms posted on the odo.

The car comes with Log Books listing SA Police as the first owner, as well as the original Holden production line form showing BT1 specifications.

In complete original condition, apart from an aftermarket head unit, the car presents in fine running condition.

Ex-police cars have a niche following, and while the VP may yet be too young for prices to start climbing, at $16,500 this VP BT1 is an affordable neat bit of Aussie motoring history.

The seller states that the car does not come with Rego or a Roadie.

Based in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, you can check out the full listing here!


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