Holden WB Statesman - today's luxo tempter

By: Unique Cars magazine


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Last of the line

Holden's WB Statesman was the hold-out long-wheelbase car in a range that was by now (1980-on) dominated by the Commodore.

In a feature on the WB's origins, author Joe Kenwright wrote: 

"Holden design chief Leo Pruneau could now focus on making the Statesman look like a true luxury model, not a fancier Kingswood. 'I am doing a Rolls Royce,' he said. Pruneau was on safe ground. He knew how much the Silver Shadow had impressed his US boss Bill Mitchell during his UK visits. By the early 1970s, Mitchell had imposed its traditional separate-grille look across all GM divisions."

The end result left you in no doubt this was a luxury cruiser and a fitting finale for the chrome-bumper Statesman line.

This South Australian example claims 320,000km on a 308 V8 and is said to have undergone a recent major service. It's on the market at $15,000.

 

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