DESMOND Smith's beloved 1994 Holden Commodore SS was more than just a car with a V8 engine to him.
And thanks to the generosity of his family, the car's legacy will live on by being donated to a new generation of keen automotive students at CQUniversity.
When Mr Smith died 18 months ago at 82 years of age due to bowel cancer, daughter Desley Lobley wanted her dad's car to go to a good home in Gladstone.
Mrs Lobley handed the keys over to automotive teacher John Shiberras on Friday, satisfied the car was going to a good home.
"We felt this would have been more his thing and it would be looked after here," Mrs Lobley said.
Mr Smith, a fireman in his day, bought the car when he was 62 years old.
"He loved this car, it was even used for weddings," Mrs Lobley said.
Year 11 students will learn how parts of the car work, service it and do diagnostics.
"The boys have been chomping at the bit to work on it," Mr Shiberras laughed.
Student Kieran Lea, 16, from Toolooa State High School said his automotive course just got better.
"The car will really contribute to my future in diesel-fitting," he said.