Launched in March 1980, the VC Commodore was declared by Wheels magazine to be ‘easily the best Australian car ever’. The VC ensured Holden kept its place as Australia’s top car producer. The Blue XT5 engine gave the VC up to 25 per cent more power and 15 per cent more fuel economy than the previous VB. Driving a VC, Peter Brock won the Bathurst 1000 in 1980. Brock’s record nine wins at Bathurst between 1972 and 1987 were in either Commodores or Toranas.
ENGINES: 1.9 litre four-cylinder, 2.85 litre six-cylinder, 3.3 litre six-cylinder, 4.2 litre V8 and 5 litre V8
TRANSMISSIONS: Four-speed manual gearbox, three-speed Trimatic automatic transmission?and three-speed Turbo-hydramatic 350 automatic transmission
MODELS: Commodore L Sedan and Station Wagon, Commodore SL Sedan and Station Wagon and Commodore SL/E Sedan
PRICE WHEN NEW: $7,403 (Commodore L four-cylinder sedan)
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (SEDAN): Length: 4,706mm; Wheelbase: 2,668mm; Width: 1,722mm
IDENTIFICATION: Similar body to VB Commodore but with new ‘egg crate’ hatched grille; Holden badge mounted centre of grille and curb-side of boot; model name set into rubber protector strip on front doors.