BEAUT UTE

$29,990

WORDS & PHOTOS GUY ALLEN

THE WB was the last hurrah for the Kingswood line and, in the face of the imminent closure of local Holden manufacturing, probably takes on greater significance than many would have given it when new.

Alongside the ute, you could get a one-tonner cab-chassis, a panel van plus of course a Statesman in two levels of trim. Holden got as far as building a WB Kingsood sedan prototype, but that side of the project was canned and the remaining car now lives at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood, SA.

What would have happened had the company persisted, selling the sedan and wagon alongside the Commodore?

You can comfortably argue the WB ute (1980-84) now has its place in local automotive history.

Up front is the 4.2lt V8, which is no fireball but is strong and can be made more lively with little trouble.

Thatís hooked up to the long-lived Trimatic auto.

This example has had a respray and is said to have had two owners. Both the interior and engine bay present as very standard and, with the body looking so good, they could do with a cosmetic freshen-up.

For the right person, this would be the basis for a very usable classic car with what is potentially the most expensive part of the work already done.

HOLDEN WB UTILITY 4.2

ENGINE 4.2lt, pushrod V8 single carburettor POWER 100kW @ 4200rpm TORQUE 269Nm @ 2000rpm TRANSMISSION 3-speed auto WEIGHT 1260kg dry 0-100KM/H 12.2s

TOP SPEED 170km/h PRICE $29,990 ON SALE at OzCorp Motors Sydney