1981 Holden Statesman DeVille 5.0 litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Detroit ride, styling and elegance with rugged Aussie build quality
Over the 78000 kms I drove this beauty, nothing serious went wrong. Everything I did to it was from purely routine wear and tear for a then, 21 yr old car.
Replaced exhaust system.
Replaced drag-link, front ball joints and idler arm.
Replaced indicator stalk.
Replaced front and rear brake rotors.
Overhauled leaking rear brake calipers.
Replaced front uni joint.
What a fantastic car to cruise around town and go away in.
That big 308 engine and Turbo-Hydramatic partnership was pure luxury. Power and smoothness plus. The tranny would have benefited from a fourth gear at high speeds. The engine seemed to rev out in third above 100 kms/hr. No matter.
The old DeVille was a bit sparser on the luxury compared to the Caprice, but only marginally. I loved the unique beige corduroy seat trim, but had to struggle to keep it clean at times.
It was a bit thirsty in traffic commuting around town but absolutely shone on trips away. Four people could ride in real comfort for hours.
An additional pleasure were the looks people driving little practical foreign cars would give the car in traffic. No-one tries to cross a WB Statesman!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th July, 2009
My name is Anthony Henry and I live in Trinidad... West Indies, I have owned & driven a Statesman DeVille since 1982.
The performance of this car is really great. I did an engine job in 1997, great job I must say, I also overhauled the transmission on at least one occasion.
This car has served me well over those many years and I have no intention of parting with this car. Indeed people still admire the car when I drive by after all these years.
I need to source a few items and wonder if you may be able to assist me in this regard. The console needs to be replaced and I also need a right rear wheel arch moulding. The master switch for the windows (in the middle of the console) needs to be replaced now... it works but malfunctions at times.
Colour---Silver Gray (original)
Seats====Coudroy---Light Blue (original fabric).
I"ll be pleased to hear from you.