The VL Commodore has long been a popular vehicle for modified car enthusiasts, the iconic VL Turbo certainly staking its claim as one of the best Aussie performance cars of the 80s, even though it borrowed a lot of its running gear from our friends over in Japan.
Due to their popularity in the modified car scene, it's always been a struggle for VL owners to stand out from the crowd when it came to building their own and while there have been a few through the years that have made their mark based on their uniqueness or wild mods, the majority of the scene is teeming with clone-looking examples.
This was the last thing Kire Cvetkovski wanted when he chose this 1987 example to build as his first project car.
Although you'd never tell now from just looking at it, the sleek machine you see here started off as a stock-standard blue-over-silver SL Executive, purchased back in 1996. Always a fan of the model, Kire was drawn into the VL scene by both his close mates and the constant flow of tough-looking VLs that flooded the pages of popular car magazines.
In the beginning Kire used the car as his daily driver until the desire to modify it became too strong and in '99 the car was pulled off the road and Kire began his first rebuild or what he refers to as 'Stage 1'. Doing a lot of the work himself along with help from friends, the car was dressed up in a full AERO kit, 18 inch Simmons FRs and finished off with the gorgeous hue that is BMW Boston Green.
When it came to deciding what would reside in the freshly-painted engine bay, Kire once again looked to do something a little different to make the car stand out.
Once the conversion was complete Kire spent the next six years cruising around, the fresh-looking VL drawing attention wherever it went. It wasn't long though before Kire found himself bored with the power output of the completely stock R32-spec 2.6L which at the time was struggling to make 300rwhp.
Well know for their knowledge and expertise with the RB series of engines, Steve and Tony from Motortech in Wollongong proceeded to strip the setup back and work on setting things up properly.
After making several changes including upgrading the tired, factory turbos to a pair of N1 garrett units sourced from Fred at Turbologic, the car was strapped on the rollers and the tune tweaked where it produced a solid 400rwhp.
A hefty increase in grunt with a substantial improvement on overall drivability ahd Kire stoked; Stage 2 was now complete. It was at this stage though where problems of another kind started to cause dramas...
Fast forward a few years and the GTR donk has undergone even more upgrades including the sexy Hypertune intake and a full Motortech-spec forged bottom end ready for big power! Not out of necessity however, rather from some forward thinking on Kire's behalf...
At the same time, once again Kire decided to take advantage of the down time to upgrade the cars interior which was something that had been on the to-do list for some time.
The factory executive trim had previously been upgraded to Calais-spec but that just wasn't cutting it anymore so the whole lot was removed and replaced with what you see here; custom trimmed dash, door panels and roof lining combined with seats, front and rear borrowed from a VE Senator.
It's these little details that help set this car apart from the rest, certainly rating high in our books!
While there may be plenty of VLs out there making more power or with wilder paint and wheel combinations, what Kire has built himself is a very well-thought out cruiser that sees street duties on a regular basis.
The fact that for the main part the car was thought out and built in the early 2000s and is still very relevent today is to be applauded, proof that with a bit of thought and willingness to think outside the box you can build a car that's timeless and will be still be admired for many years to come.
We're certainly looking forward to stage 4 of this awesome ongoing project where the beast will be finally let out of its cage.
If you'd like to see more of this immaculate machine, be sure to head over to the Feature Car gallery HERE for more pics.