1990 HSV VG Maloo – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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The first HSV Maloo, one of 132 built: 5.0lt V8, five-speed manual, 170,492kms

Throughout much of the 80s, farmers and tradies walking into a Holden dealership had little else to look at other than the Japan-built Isuzu-sourced Rodeo.

But things were soon to change with the 1988 release of Holden’s second-generation VN Commodore, and opening the door for a proper traditional passenger car-based ute.

The Holden VG ute arrived in 1990 and, while it wasn’t actually badged as a Commodore, shared both of the passenger car range’s fuel-injected 3.8lt V6 and 5.0lt V8. The VG ute also borrowed the station wagon’s coil sprung rear suspension, although its load capacity was improved with helper springs.

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The new VG, with its more sophisticated rear suspension caught the eye of HSV, who was already busy building a number of performance-oriented variants based atop the new Commodore.

The VG ute would be the first platform to wear the Maloo nameplate, and was – in this generation – a limited production built with only 132 units produced.

For visual impact, HSV clad the VG ute in a mixture of SV3800 and SV89 body components, whilst the 5.0lt V8 was rated lineball with the 180kW SV89 engine.

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This VG Maloo is an early build, representing #14 of 132 built. Specified in Maranello red and featuring its numbers-correct 5.0lt V8 and five-speed manual, the Maloo has travelled 170,492kms in its life and is described as ‘mechanically strong’.

The body presents well for its age, with good paint and original stickers throughout. A new tonneau cover has been fitted, although the original HSV monogrammed cover will also be included.

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Of the 132 VG Maloos built, it’s safe to say far less survive to this day.

The VG Maloo is based in Sydney, and is listed for $36,000.

You can check out the full listing here!

 

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