1987 Holden JE Camira SL/E - Reader Ride

By: Dave Carey, Photography by: Dave Carey

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They may not be for everyone but Holden Camiras have their fans

People think I’m nuts, but I’ve had a few Camiras; crazy I know. I enjoy driving them and they’re easy to work on. This is a 1987 JE-model Camira SLE, so it’s top-of-the-range. It’s got power steering, a power aerial and power mirrors; all pretty good for its time.

I saw it on Gumtree; it was for sale over in Perth, but was originally a Melbourne car. It had done only 80,000 kilometres and was advertised as a completely rust-free example when I came across it. The Perth owner had stuck it in his shed for a few years but I’m not sure why; maybe he thought it would go up in value! Anyway, I bought it and had it trucked back here to SA.

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It’s got 115,000 kilometres on it now and is my daily driver. These aren’t well loved, but they’re getting older and people still remember them.

Valuation: Owners are asking $2-4k depending on model and condition.

 

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