Your word of the day is "Maloo"


I walked past this very car when I attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2016. The noise, upon startup, is very familiar. The body style is extremely Australian. The entirety of the being that we call a Vauxhall VXR8 Maloo (or Holden HSV Maloo, if you prefer) is everything that’s wonderful about automobiles in ‘Straya.
I’ll be honest… I never really cared for our own El Camino. The Ranchero makes me smile only because we race one in LeMons. For some reason, however, the Aussie ute burnout aficionado speaks to me in a brap-brap language that I can understand completely.

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11 responses to “Your word of the day is "Maloo"”

  1. stigshift Avatar
    stigshift

    I’d have a vanity plate on mine that read SKIP TO…

  2. Luxury Lexus Land-yacht Avatar
    Luxury Lexus Land-yacht

    Honestly, if I could figure out both how to afford and import one of these, I would…RHD and everything.
    http://hooniverse.info/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Picture-21.png

    1. CraigSu Avatar
      1. Luxury Lexus Land-yacht Avatar
        Luxury Lexus Land-yacht

        RHD is something I want…also I said “afford”.
        Granted, right now I drive something which I shouldn’t be, based on both initial cost and current value, but I couldn’t do a cent more.

        1. CraigSu Avatar
          CraigSu

          But if you told them you wanted to keep it RHD that would make it more “affordable”.

          1. Luxury Lexus Land-yacht Avatar
            Luxury Lexus Land-yacht

            I wonder if they’d keep it LHD… Hmmmm.
            No, I don’t need to think abou this. Bad, CraigSu! Bad, bad CraigSu! 😛
            I had finally gotten over the idea that a 1995-1996 Cadillac “family” car (it’s a funeral home thing) was a good idea. I was planning to keep the middle door area, but move the rear of the roof forward to where it’d be mostly normal, then ‘amino the rest of it.
            Six passenger Texas pickup!
            Like this, but on the final gen D-body platform.
            http://www.2040-cars.com/Cadillac/DeVille/1978-cowboy-cadillac-4-door-pickup-el-camino-west-texas-barn-find-1120978/

    2. outback_ute Avatar
      outback_ute

      Be warned, the rear seat in these is terrible, the backrest is so upright you feel like you are leaning forward when sitting in it.

      1. Luxury Lexus Land-yacht Avatar
        Luxury Lexus Land-yacht

        Oh, it’s quite likely nobody would ever be back there, I just prefer the ambiance of a larger cabin.
        I had regular-cab pickups for quite a while. I think it made me somewhat claustrophobic.

        1. outback_ute Avatar
          outback_ute

          Fair enough, I usually work on the Franco-from-Gumball theory; what is behind me is not important!

  3. Harry Callahan Avatar
    Harry Callahan

    Too bad the Maloo profile view is so ruined by the structural triangulation behind the doors…very Gen 1 Ridgeline-ish. The old unibody Ford Falcon based Rancheros were not hobbled by this…wonder why…?

    1. outback_ute Avatar
      outback_ute

      Note there is a big piece of plastic there, which is larger on the HSV utes than the base Holden version. I’ve attached a picture of the first Commodore-based ute from 1990 which is a lot more upright in this area, and I expect it has evolved to the current shape to look more sporty or coupe-like (ref. the full/proper name of “coupe utility”). Because the Commodore ute now have IRS they are sometimes called a sports coupe with a big trunk!
      Arguably those early Rancheros were the anomaly, compared with other Rancheros and El Caminos which usually had a bit more style about them than a plain upright cabin. Also the combined size of all 4 of the 1960 Ranchero roof pillars is probably about the same as one A pillar
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2cfe413f06b67bc9958a5b353b070fafa42af927ce40cd8e6920bb3c4a10b896.jpg on the current ute!

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