Last Holden Commodore V8 highway patrol car in NSW retired from regular duty

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The last Australian-made car on the NSW highway patrol fleet has left regular service – and now will be used for public displays.

The last V8 Holden Commodore SS highway-patrol car in New South Wales has been retired from regular duty more than six years after production ended – and is said to have been the final Australian-made car on the fleet.

NSW Highway Patrol said in a Facebook post the Holden sedan has been decorated in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-inspired livery for “Aboriginal engagement and public displays.”

It has not been specified how long the vehicle will be used in its new role, or where it will reside once it has finished these duties.

NSW Police has not confirmed if it was the last Australian-made car in service outright, or just the final NSW highway patrol car. A number of V6-powered Holden Commodores have previously been used for general duties.

A number of German-built Holden Commodore sedans remain in use in NSW as general duties vehicles.

Victoria Police’s last V8 Commodore highway patrol car.

It follows the retirement of Victoria’s last Highway Patrol Holden Commodore in November 2022, before joining the Trafalgar Holden Museum – which is dedicated to the now-defunct Australian brand – late last year.

Police in the Australian Capital Territory retired their last V8 Holden Commodore in 2022, adding it the Australian Police Force Museum in Canberra.

Tasmania Police withdrew its last Australian-built Commodore from its fleet in 2018 – previously loaning it to the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania “to preserve an important piece of history.”

Ethan Cardinal graduated with a Journalism degree in 2020 from La Trobe University and has been working in the fashion industry as a freelance writer prior to joining Drive in 2023. Ethan greatly enjoys investigating and reporting on the cross sections between automotive, lifestyle and culture. Ethan relishes the opportunity to explore how deep cars are intertwined within different industries and how they could affect both casual readers and car enthusiasts.

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