Like all true blue Aussies, The Bug‘s finance and investment expert is shocked at the latest news from the local motoring industry. But as usual he has an answer.
This is not really an issue of financial advice as such but I don’t know anyone else I can ask.
You see I am old enough to remember when Australian families who could afford to buy a family car were clearly split into two distinct camps.
On one side were Holden families and on the other were Ford families, specifically Ford Falcon owners.
Now I read that all of a sudden Holden is withdrawing the Commodore from sale because nobody is buying them any more.
I’m in shock, as I have owned just about every model Commodore since they came on the market 40 years ago or more and I was saving up to buy one of the latest models, even though I know they are no longer locally made.
What can I do. Please help Morrie.
Dear Holden Fanatic
I hear you old son. Loud and clear. The old Morrie is also of an age to recall the longstanding Holden v Ford battle in our suburbs.
As a little kid in the early 1960s I well remember my old man, Morrie Bezzle Senior, proudly showing off in our driveway a brand new Holden FB he had just acquired.
He’d surprised the family by never breathing a word about our new set of wheels before tooting the horn when he pulled up in the driveway.
When we emerged from our house there he was proud as Punch, leaning against the car making one of his ever-present roll-your-own ciggies.
We couldn’t believe our eyes just how great the car looked with its two-toned blue colour scheme and those little fins at the back end wrapping its tail lights.
I well remember Mum telling Dad she was going to call the neighbours over for a look, but Dad soon put an end to that plan.
He firmly said none of the neighbours should see the car until he had time to respray it in a nice green and change the rego plates.
There was also something pretty technical he had to do with the engine number and an angle grinder but as a kid that was way over my head.
So the new Bezzle family Holden was driven straight into our garage and didn’t emerge for a few days.
But when it did its new colour scheme was just as beautiful as the original and we enjoyed riding in our new Holden for many years.
When it was time for Dad to trade it in and get a new car he stuck with the latest Holden model, and in fact the Bezzle family always had a Holden when I was growing up.
I caught the Holden bug off my old man and I can say when I had to acquire a set of wheels I always opted for a Holden, especially the Commodore by the time the late 1970s rolled around.
There was no better conveyance on Australian roads as far as I was concerned than the Holden Commodore.
I stuck with Commodores because, like Morrie Senior, I could always pick one up pretty easily with just a basic set of tools and a length of electrical cable.
Plus there was strong market demand for Commodores in good condition, especially interstate which meant I didn’t always need to respray them.
But now those halcyon days are over. The Commodore is no more and like you I’m shocked.
But your old mate Morrie is nothing if not a “doer” and I’m not taking this news lying down.
I plan to harness the goodwill of people like you by establishing a special fighting fund that can be used to buy up as many Commodores as possible so we can keep them for future generations of Aussie drivers to let them see what they missed out on.
There’ll also be a bit of moolah to offer counselling to fans like you in genuine emotional turmoil over this very sad and tragic announcement about the end of the Commodore.
Now I admit this will take a fair bit of dosh. So I’m ask Holden fans like you to kick in to help get my plan off the ground.
If you want to help, just send a donation — one or two Ks at the bare minimum — to my new fund and I’ll get things moving at my end.
Send a cheque to me via The Bug and make it out to Commodores Are Suddenly History.
Bugger it, to save your time and mine, just make it out to CASH.
I’ll be in touch.
Morrie Bezzle is chairman of GMH Ltd (formerly trading as Get Me Home ride-share service), CEO of Matchbox & Cars high-temperature vehicle disposal service, and general manager of Commode Door home nursing equipment sales.