Tennessee Man Has A Stash Of Forbidden Holden And HSV Cars For Sale

There are a number of excellent cars from around the world that are not legal in the United States. The Holden Commodore, which is us known as the Pontiac G8 and later as Chevrolet SS, is just one example of this, and is coveted by enthusiasts for its Ute and wagon bodies mixed with V8 muscle. Now a guy in Tennessee says he has a bunch of them… and somehow they’re for sale.

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Before we get too deep into the weeds, it’s important to clarify that there are Holden-badged cars all over the US. Most are anything but Chevrolet SS models, but some are heavily modified cars with Holden bodies (like the Ute). All these cars are street legal and have left hand drive. What this Tennessee dealer has, however, is different. It does not appear to meet the legal standards for importing a vehicle under 25 years of age.

According to this seller, Kelly Metzmaker, his 2011 Holden HSV R8 Clubsport Tourer is number 46 of 80 and only one of 13 in ‘Phantom Black’. This certainly sounds like a real Holden, not an amalgamation of parts assembled to meet US law. Despite this, he says, “Yes, it’s legal.” We reached out to Metzmaker, who initially told us that “it’s a long process that takes more than a year (sic) for each car,” but then went silent when we pressed for details.

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As he spoke, he told us he “got a few” and sent us the photos below, which appear to include more than half a dozen Holden models. Another listing he has for sale at $45,000 is a 2015 Holden Maloo R8 that he says has a Tennessee title with the name HSV Maloo. Keep in mind that at this price the buyer will only get the cylinder as the engine and transmission are long gone. However, if this Maloo is somehow legit, someone might be willing to pay that price.

Some readers may remember the same car auction in Mecum in October. It was one of two Holden models available. Neither sold, but the auction house didn’t say whether they simply failed to meet the reserve or something else went down.

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This is not the first time we have seen a similar situation. Back In April 2022, we drew attention to a similar vehicle which went to auction with Cars and offers. After a number of questions about the legality were raised and left unanswered, Cars & Bids canceled the auction. Curiously, the Holden Ute was also registered in Nashville, TN, where one of Metzmaker’s listings is located. However, there is no direct connection between them that we can find.

Regardless, whenever someone goes to sell something like this, it’s important to get all the details. In fact, it’s vital to have a dealer who is open and transparent about how he came to own such a car and how he came to own it. Otherwise, there’s a decent chance the federal government can come and crush the car whenever they get to it.

Photos by Kelly Metzmaker