Compared with the first edition we are down a few antennae this time around, but there is still the potential for some serious communication here! The car this time is a 2001 WM model Holden Statesman, and the blacked-out colour scheme and split-spoke alloy wheels signify it is a limited-edition “International LS8”, which had a run of just 350 cars.
The Statesman is based on the same generation Commodore that bore the Monaro/GTO, and is a lower trim level of the Caprice. While they were not exported to North America, plenty did go on the boat to the Middle East. The Commodore was also sent over as the Chevrolet Lumina – would this have been a better name than SS in the States? The Statesman has a 5.7-litre, 305 hp LS1 V8, 4L60E automatic transmission and semi-trailing arm IRS.
The prime focus of the International LS8 was an OnStar-type telematics system called Holden Assist, using buttons on the rear-view mirror to control access to a customer assistance centre – or emergency response centre in case of an accident. The interior featured a special colour leather and suede trim and a few other features. And special floor mats, in the fine tradition of limited edition value packs!
Thanks to the 115.7” wheelbase (6” more than the Commodore) interior space in the Statesman is fairly vast, leg room in the order of 43.2”. Note if you are comparing to a Zeta platform SS/Caprice/Commodore, they have roughly 3” more wheelbase for the same amount of legroom as the front axle is set further forward.
Getting back to the subject car, obviously the owner of this car doesn’t frequent multi-storey car parks. The main antenna on the rear is an unusual arrangement, that seems to me mainly a way of elevating the antenna above the roof of the car, yet away from it – perhaps someone with a better technical understanding of how antennae work can fill us in?