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Holden to put last limited-edition Commodores up for auction

The Motorsport (right) is based on the V8-powered Commodore SS, with several red accents helping to differentiate it visually.

Holden Australia will aim to raise $360,000 for charity next month when it auctions off 'the Commodore Collection', which features three of the last limited-edition Commodores to roll off the Elizabeth production line.

The Calais-based Director and SS-based Motorsport sedans will wear build plate number 05 in honour of racing legend Peter Brock, while the SS Ute-based Magnum will sport number 111.

Fifty per cent of proceeds from the Director sale will be donated to Bev Brock's chosen charity, The Lighthouse Foundation, which supports youth homelessness.

Meanwhile, the remaining money raised by the three specials will be given to The Smith Family, helping to fund 55 scholarships for South Australian children.

According to GM Holden executive director of manufacturing Richard Phillips, funds raised by ‘The Commodore Collection’ will help the brand leave a lasting legacy in South Australia as it transitions into a full-line importer following the October 20 closure.

“Holden has been a really significant part of life for the community in Adelaide’s northern suburbs for more than 55 years. So we’re proud to be able to continue to support some local families and children in need through this fantastic fundraising project,” he said.

Scheduled to take place on October 15 at 3:00pm as part of the Holden Dream Cruise celebrations, the auction will be conducted by Manheim at the My Money House Oval in Elizabeth, South Australia.

The Holden Dream Cruise celebrations will be highlighted by a giant street parade of home-grown models from the Red Lion.

All three limited-edition Commodores are powered by a 6.2-litre LS3 naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine, which punches out 304kW of power and 570Nm of torque via a six-speed automatic transmission.

A 'Magnetic Ride Control' adaptive suspension and a 'Phantom Black' roof are standard for the sedans, while the ute employs a track-focused 'FE3' suspension. Each model picks up a Holden-developed driving mode system and a Brembo braking package.

Limited to 360 units, the Director ($63,990 before on-road costs) further includes performance seats, paddle shifters, bonnet vents and 20-inch alloy wheels with staggered tyres.

Also revealed in January, the Motorsport ($63,990) is restricted to 1200 examples locally, while a black rear lip spoiler, red daytime running lights (DRLs) trim, red side mirrors, black-accented graphics and red-lined 20-inch alloys distinguish it visually.

Lastly, only 240 of the Magnum ($61,490) will sold Down Under, with each featuring heated performance seats, a hard tonneau cover, an embroided instrument panel and unique decals.

The Holden Dream Cruise celebrations will be highlighted by a giant street parade of home-grown models from the Red Lion, led by the first and last cars to be built in Australia, a 1948 48/215 and a 2017 VFII Commodore.

The Commodore Collection lots and more details on the auction can be viewed here.

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