Holden's VB Commodore was launched in October of 1978 in response to the fuel crisis of the 1970s. Holden needed to launch a small car on the market to compete with the current small cars that were being imported from Japan and were gaining popularity.
The VB was a result of German designed body fitted with an Australian engine and parts and components that were locally manufactured. The original body shape of the VB Commodore was loosely modelled from the Opel Rekord E body, but took the Opel Senator front end so that it could accomodate Holden's larger engines.
Holden's new small car saw great success, being awarded with the Wheels 'Car of the Year' award for 1978. Although successful, the VB Commodore saw the shortest production period of any Commodore yet with a span of only 17 months.
VB Commodore Specifications
- Price When New: from $6,513 (Commodore sedan)
- Price When New: from $7,813 (Commodore SL sedan)
- Price When New: from $10,513 (Commodore SL/E sedan)
- Total Built: 95,906
- Production: 26 October 1978 - March 1980
- 4-Speed Manual
- 3-Speed Trimatic Automatic
- 3-Speed Turbohydramatic 350 Automatic
- 3-Speed Turbohydramatic 400 Automatic
- 2.85L I6 - 64kW - Red
- 3.3L I6 - 66kW - Red
- 4.2L V8 - 87kW - Red
- 4.2L V8 - 96kW - Red (Dual Exhaust)
- 5.0L V8 - 114kW - Red
- Length: 4705mm - 4729mm
- Width: 1722mm
- Height: 1371mm
- Wheelbase: 2668mm