ACT Policing retires its last Holden Commodore V8

The curtain has come down on the last of the V8s



  • ACT Policing’s last Commodore officially retired
  • Commodores have been a part of the vehicle fleet since 1978
  • The 2017 SS-V Redline will be put into the Australian Federal Police’s museum

The national capital’s police service has retired the last of its Holden Commodores, bringing an end to the reign of Australian-made cop cars.

ACT Policing held a ceremony for the silver VF Series II Commodore SS-V Redline on Thursday, commemorating the end of its tenure in the fleet after entering service in 2018, with the special Holden to be displayed in the Australian Federal Police Museum when it is completed.

Senior Constable Greg Harlovich was the car’s main custodian during its time with the boys in blue, saying it was a sad moment to surrender the keys to the V8-powered Commodore.

“I was genuinely sad to have to hand this car back, but I am pleased to know it will be around for others to view long after I finish my career.”

Having entered production in 1978 with the VB, the Commodore nameplate remained on Australian-made sedans, utes and wagons until local manufacturing ended in October 2017 with the VF Series II – making way for the German-built ZB Commodore.

“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. It was a vehicle built to handle Australia’s unique climate and road system,” said Chief Police Officer Neil Gaughan.

While a large majority of ex-police vehicles end up at auctions, the ACT’s Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Mick Gentlemen, said it was important for a milestone car to be given special treatment.

“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,” said Minister Gentleman.

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

ACT Policing has also announced its intentions to retire the Tango-51 radio call sign, which was allocated to the Commodore, respecting its heritage and attachment to the vehicle.