How do you say goodbye, when you know it’s over for good? You celebrate the highlights, be thankful for the good times, and finish it with dignity. And that’s exactly what Holden has done after no less than 69 years of producing uniquely Australian vehicles.

And talk about going out on a high... The final versions of the Commodore VF Series II, the last locally produced Holden, are special. And few things are as quintessentially Aussie as a ute. Which brings us to the subject of this review – the Holden SS-V Redline Ute.

With an LS3 version of Chevy’s GenIV small-block V8 stuffed in its nose, this macho work truck represents a fitting finale, as well as a reminder that the majority of local new car buyers have moved on from a once passionate rear-wheel drive, large car relationship.