VL Group 3 Signature Series

This VL Group 3 Signature Series having been stored for several years came into Finest Restorations to restore it to its former glory. The brief was to do whatever was required to get the vehicle looking as it would have once it left the showroom in 1987, After a detailed discussion taking place with the owner the go-ahead was given to work our magic this included cutting and buffing full vehicle to rectify any minor imperfections in paintwork, painting front and rear bumper bars, bumper bar moulds and bonnet in factory acrylic to ensure a flawless O.E.M finish, touch-ups in engine bay and boot were also carried out in acrylic to maintain originality and ensure an undetectable finish. Touch-ups on blackouts and sunroof were also carried out.

The final stage was to polish the vehicle to protect the paintwork and give it a flawless finish leaving Finest Restorations headquarters just as it would have looked leaving HDT when new.

Vehicle Specs

Make – Holden Commodore HDT Group 3 Signature Series
Year – 1987
Colour – Alpine White
Engine – 5L Carburettor
Gearbox – T5 Manual

The VL Group 3 was released just three months after the controversial Director and was one of the Post Holden/Brock era cars. As such, Brock was forced to buy his cars without the backing of the factory, which meant soaring prices for the consumer.

Due in part to the pricing and the Brock/Holden split, only 38 of the VL SS Group 3’s were built. All were Berlina based, white in colour (although there was one light blue, one burgundy one and even a red wagon) and featured a grey interior. Most of the vehicles sold were also fitted with the three-speed Trimatic gearbox as the Borg-Warner T5 5 speed gearbox added a further $4455 to the price tag, making a Group 3 with Central locking worth $45108

Outside, the car featured a one-piece grill, similar to the one used on the Director and Aero (but protrudes less than the Director and Aero version), LE side skirts, and a new front bumper featuring 3 air inlets and a lower version of the Group A’s boot spoiler. Wheels were the familiar Aero’s but had the vanes machined into a curved feature.

There was not a Holden Badge to be seen on these cars.