2011 Australian International Motor Show Auction
Lot
10

1982 Holden WB Statesman Caprice Sedan

$9,250

Sold

Specifications

Engine 308cu V-8
Gearbox 3-Speed Automatic
Body Work Sedan
Colour White
Interior Tan
Trim Velour
Wheels Discs
Brakes Cast Alloy

Description

This lot is no longer available

Holden's final series of long-wheelbase luxury models to be marketed under the Statesman brand was the WB Statesman Caprice introduced in 1980. As with previous Statesmans, GMH did not use the Holden name in the badging or the official sales literature. The WB had a six-light body, with a longer, squared-off roofline designed by GMH's Chief Stylist, Leo Pruneau. The styling of the WB Statesman was a compromise between achieving a fresh appearance and minimising the cost of redesign, by using panels from the antecedent HZ model. Mid-term 'Series II' revisions came in 1983 before production ceased in 1984 when GMH announced they were vacating the luxury and commercial vehicle fields to build more variations of the lighter, smaller Commodore. As a result, well kept used WB Statesman Caprice models were changing hands in the mid-1980s for more than their final list price. A full range of WB models including long wheelbase sedans and station wagons bearing the Kingswood and Premier nameplates were planned, but only the Statesman and the Ute, panel van and cab-chassis 'One Tonner' commercial models went into production.

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