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How rare would this SLE be

Discussion in 'VB - VK Holden Commodore (1978 - 1985)' started by d_v_s_01, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. d_v_s_01

    d_v_s_01 New Member

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    I am looking to buy an SLE. I have just looked at one for sale and am wondering how rare it might be.
    It has been bogged and painted previously and is showing signs of rust again. Honestly it is pretty gone but repairable. Its got vk bumpers and is missing some of the sle chrome trims. It has a 202 and 4 speed in it. However when you look at the compliance plate it tells a different story. Can someone confirm what i am thinking that it should be 308 factory.
    And should i buy it anyway.
     
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    It was originally Indigo blue over Mercury Silver.
    Yes, factory 5 litre. Trimatic trans and 2.60 diff.
    Even had Indigo blue leather seat facings, rest is vinyl factory too.

    As for being rare, I've seen a fair few on some facebook groups.
     
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    That is what i thought.
    I hadn't seen the leather seats too often. It was a family pack or something like that.
    Thinking that i will just have to buy it anyway. The price is right.
     
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    Seen a few,the real rarity would be finding one still in original & immaculate condition.

    Majority were 253 powered...if buyers wanted a 308 a Brock was better alternative for the price jump.

    Factory Indigo/silver cars have always been well liked combitination especially when still retaining sle goodies.
     
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    I am not sure I agree with this statement entirely; Brocks were a different market altogether, aimed at young blokes with cash, they were basically a base model 'SL', with a tricked up donk and stiffer suspension; I mean VH Brock's didn't even have retractable seat belts in the rear (optional) whereas the SL/E had factory air and 'luxury' interior etc as standard. Although the SL/E had many options to choose from the target market was more executive level, especially the 308. Having said that I could never understand why anyone would ever opt for a 253 over a 308, it just doesn't make sense, I don't think the fuel consumption was so much better in a 253 that it would be enough to warrant buying one. Since the 253 was dropped after the VH I can only assume 253's were significantly cheaper than a 308, enough to encourage buyers to choose a 253 over a 308.....
     
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    One argument was holden needed get rid of leftover 253 engines before vk series hence most sle were built with them otherwise most would have ticked 5 litre option if given the choice.

    Read that dealers were adding silver/mercury to move cars quicker like factory two tone versions.

    5 litre option was big price jump...holden was set to kill off holden v8 with the vk series or maybe end it with the vh untill streetmachine mag got involved
     
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    nothing rare about a 382 pack VH SL/E

    308 auto... in the upmarket sedan, pretty common
     
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    Just looked on line sales for SLEs. Asking prices from $20K to $30K, and rare as. Stuff me ! Didn't think they were in the 'classic' category yet.
     
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    don't believe it

    the only people saying SL/Es are rare... are the sellers!
     
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    Dunno, i consider mine rare Smitty
     
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    They seem kind of rare these days so many stolen or destroyed/discarded.

    Slowly going up in value just not crazy money like vk model which has much larger following.
     
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    They must be getting reasonably rare, I don't see many if any original VB - VH SL/E's on the road these days, or even hotted up (as we used to say....) ones for that matter.
     
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    308 pack SLEs are rare

    not so 309 or 310 pack VBs.. hundreds were made
     
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    But how many remain ?
     
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    They must be getting reasonably rare, I don't see many if any original VB - VH SL/E's on the road these days, or even hotted up ones (as we used to say....) for that matter.
     
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    What makes a 308 Pack rare (outside less were made)?
     
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    5 litre, 4 speed sports pack?
     
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    Hi smithy or sle nut
    How rare is the VC 336 pack firethorn red over carmine red
    Cheers
     
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    I had an SLE (VH) in the early 80s. Ditched the 308, trans and diff. Threw in 350 , turbo 400 and 9 inch. Was a great car. The steering wheel was pretty gay though. Miss that car a bit. I was 21.
     
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    Not exactly hundreds made, so yes they are rare. Gotta mate that wants one in that combo badly.
     

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