1986 Holden Berlina VL – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Honest, original and unmolested VL

1986 Holden Berlina VL – Today’s Tempter
1986 Holden Berlina VL – Today’s Tempter

As controversial as it was at the time, retrospectively, the VL and its Nissan-sourced 3.0lt inline-six RB30 engine was all the better for it.

It was as durable and tough as the preceding black motor from the VK, and was described by Wheels magazine as "silky smooth and flexible" in their 1986 road test.

The venerable RB30 was available in both turbo and naturally aspirated guise, with transmission offerings spanning between three or four-speed automatics or a rare five-speed manual.

The VL Commodore range was introduced with SL, Executive and Berlina variants – as well as the Holden Calais.

They’ve become incredibly sought-after and collectible in recent years, and decades as cheap performance punters now see good honest examples few and far between.

This 1986 VL Berlina looks to be one of those rare honest and reasonably priced examples.

A two-owner car, it’s completely unmodified, original and reportedly both accident and rust free.

Fitted with the factory naturally aspirated RB30 mated to an automatic transmission, the car presents impeccably for its age and is a refreshing original and untouched example.

Finished white over blue interior, the Berlina has 183691kms on the odometer and purportedly includes "folders full of history".

Based in Victoria, the Berlina is listed for $15,500.

You can check out the full listing here!

 

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