1987 Holden Commodore VL SL Wagon – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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VL Wagon Turbo VL Wagon Turbo

Very neat base with new paint and good trim: aftermarket turbo

The VL Commodore arrived in 1986 as a stark departure with their ‘bought-in’ Nissan inline-sixes which made up the most of the range. V8s were still option-able but with new unleaded fuel were by far the minority market.

Public perception was harsh amongst the new Commodore’s foreign powerplant; that is, until everyone realised how good the overhead-cam fuel-injected alloy-head RB30 Nissan donk was.

Most VLs were specified as SL or Executives with the RB30-six and, most commonly, a four-speed automatic. A five-speed manual was an option for inline-six buyers, but the V8 option could only coupled with the old-style Trimatic.

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Beyond the new powertrain, the VL gained new and more extensive sound deadening – which saw NVH vastly improved on top of the preceding VK – and even the VL’s main fleet rival, the XF Falcon.

Suspension tunes were more comfortable too, with softer springs yielding increased ride comfort and a faster steering-ratio for improved feel and accuracy.

The 1987 VL Wagon on sale here is a largely original SL, with factory five-speed manual and RB30 inline-six.

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It appears to have been kept in largely original condition, aside from some engine work – ascertained by the sizeable aftermarket turbo, and AN fittings.

Details are scant within the listing; but judging from the photos – it looks to be an incredibly neat base to enjoy as is, or return the engine to factory with relatively little effort.

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Its Kimberley Bronze paint presents very well and may have been repainted; while its Sandalwood interior is complete, intact and in great condition with a small aftermarket boost gauge being the only noticeable departure from factory.

Overall, the car presents in great ready-to-drive condition. While it may not be 100% original, the turbo upgrade may be a welcome addition for some, and the rest of the car’s exceedingly original condition bodes well compared to the many far more (irreversibly) modified VLs out there.

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For $16,500 – it looks like a solid buy if you’re after a VL Wagon.

It’s based in New South Wales, you can check out the full listing here!

 

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