Retired .... being cared for by a new owner ....
1996 Holden Calais, Supercharged V6
This is the calais as it is now (2002)
The colour is Heather Mist. A silvery green. I still think this is the BEST colour ever. It hides any dirt and always looks great in all places.
Never seen another Calais with this colour, a shame really
An Interior that spoils you to death, Leather and cloth.
Leather bound steering wheels and shifter.
Neat and classy
Here is the Calais, not long after I bought him, original wheels and all...
He is a V6 Superchaged 1996 Calais with a full dual Hi-flow stainless steel exhaust system, PACEMAKER extractors and a GOLD Power Chip in the engine management computer. Tyres are SIMEX 235 / 45 / 17's. It goes like a scalded cat but is still economical ! This is a very comfortable interstate cruiser and does regular trips to Melbourne to visit my family. A trip usually requires only a single tank of juice each direction, making the kilometres fly past as you do not even need to stop for fuel or change the CD as its all taken care of for you. On the occasion that you need to stretch the legs, a top end of over 220 Kph is a breeze.
For those not familiar with Calais features here are some that come to mind.
9 function trip computer - Distance to empty, Speed alert, Average and Instantaneous fuel consumption figures. Trip KM and Trip Elapsed Time.
Fully integrate climate control, complete with day-night sensor to alter how it manages the temperature. This is so nice as once set, you never need to touch it.
Headlights go off when the drivers door is opened, so no more flat batteries in Winter. Then they come back on when the key is turned on.
Dual mode security and alarm, complete with separate alarm horn in the engine bay.
10 Stack CD player with audio and radio station controls on the steering wheel.. so no having to find the volume etc. This may sound trivial but once used you never want to go back.
dual radio antenna's for flutter free reception on FM (second one is on the back window next to the demister bar's).
heated rear window turns its self off after a preset time.
Cold air intake (like a HSV) is standard
75 litre fuel tank, for extra cruising range
ABS breaking and yes it really does work. IRS (independent rear suspension) and no id does not wear tyres out.
Dual air bag system.
Leather and cloth interior, the best of both worlds.
Genuine holden tow bar (1,250KG rated), removable tongue and with wiring harness from inside, so no ugly stuff on his bum when not needed.
Changes made by me
D&T Exhausts, full stainless steel exhaust systems. No Buzz box sound here, this boy has a real growl to his note.
PaceMaker extractors to the original HI-FLO Cat converters. (VS had BIG cats as standard on the supercharged car)
Lower ride height (about 1" in the old money) using WHITE LINE springs and MONROE GAS shock absorbers. Original springs available if you want to return it to standard height.
17 x 8" ROH Azzuro wheels (Classic touring car look). These really set off the Calais look. (complete with a 17" spare wheel, ex HSV)
235 / 45 /17 tyres. These give superb handling and braking.
POWER CHIP 'Gold' engine management chip. Improves full throttle response and changes the way the auto changes (very snappy)
High Quality window tint. No bubbles or scratches here just quality.
All badges removed from rear (except for Lion badge on the boot), after vandals removed some.