Australian Federal Police retire last V8-powered Holden Commodore


It’s the end of an era, but future generations will be able to see the Holden Commodore SS-V in its original livery.

Ben Zachariah


The last Holden Commodore SS has retired from official duties with the Australian Federal Police, and will now spend its days on display.

A ceremony was held last week in honour of being the last Australian-made Holden on the force, marking the end of a 44-year run of Commodores being used by police in the ACT.

The police force says it will permanently retire the ‘Tango-51’ call sign allocated to the car “as a mark of respect for the last vehicle of its type and its long-time driver”.

“It was a vehicle that could handle the harsh driving conditions of the country, from the straight highways of the Nullarbor to the winding roads of the Snowy Mountains,” Chief Police Officer Neil Gaughan said at the event.

“It was a vehicle built to handle Australia’s unique climate and road system.”

The 2017 Holden Commodore SS-V Redline (VF Series II) will be available for future generations to appreciate, having been donated by leasing partner SG Fleet to a new museum scheduled to open in 2024.

Funded by the recovered proceeds of crime, the $4.4 million museum in Canberra will showcase history of law enforcement from across the country, including police departments from states and territories, as well as the AFP.

“As a long time car lover, I am thrilled that we can commemorate a fantastic Australian-made vehicle by displaying it in the AFP Museum where it will be enjoyed by generations to come,” ACT Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman said.

“The Holden Commodore was a vehicle built for Australians, by Australians and has served our police force well for many decades.”

Ben Zachariah

Ben Zachariah is an experienced writer and motoring journalist from Melbourne, having worked in the automotive industry for more than 15 years. Ben was previously an interstate truck driver and completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021. He is considered an expert in the area of classic car investment.

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