Mechanic totals his customer’s rare $100,000 Holden Commodore VL

The mechanic was taking the $100,000 Holden Commodore VL for a spin when he reportedly lost control of the car and crashed it into three other vehicles.

by | Published on 22nd Mar 2023

Picture this – you own a classic 1986 Holden Commodore VL.

Keen to keep it in tip-top condition, you take your pride and joy for a service. 

But when you return, you discover that a mechanic has crashed it.

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That’s exactly what happened to one car enthusiast in Australia.

It wasn’t just a little bump either.

Footage from Australia’s 7News shows significant damage to the front end of the Holden Commodore VL.

The car’s hood is crumpled and the crash structure has collapsed from the impact.

The rear of the car is damaged, too, with the trunk lid twisted and bent upwards, and the bumper hanging off.

Certainly not what the owner expected when they dropped their car off for a service.

The mechanic is said to have crashed when taking the Holden Commodore VL out for a spin in Ormeau, which is on the Gold Coast near Brisbane.

He supposedly lost control of the car and careened into three other vehicles, causing damage to them, too.

As things stand, no charges have been brought against the mechanic, but the police are still investigating how the crash happened.

One can only imagine how the owner of the classic Holden is feeling – pretty aggrieved no doubt.

Judging by the pictures, the car looks like a write-off so there’s very little chance the owner will get to drive it again.

They can just go out and buy another one either, as this particular 1986 Holden Commodore VL is actually quite rare.

So rare, it’s reported to be worth in the region of $100,000, although this one could be worth more depending on its specification.

Stock, the first-generation Commodore – made from 1986 to 1988 – was offered with a 5.0-liter V8 equipped with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor.



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Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with motor manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for supercarblondie.com. Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.

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