Another million dollar Holden? Peter Brock’s HDT V8 up for sale

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Words: Matthew Hansen
23 Jun 2021

Just a month ago, we reported on a Holden VK Commodore Group A ‘Blue Meanie’ formerly owned by Peter Brock going under the hammer. It eventually sold for a staggering $1,134,000 — making it the most expensive Holden Commodore road-car ever sold at auction.

Now, yet another Commodore formerly owned by the nine-time Bathurst 1000 winner is going under the hammer. This time, the car is a 1982 Holden VH Commdore HDT Group 3. This was effectively the precursor model to the VK and VL Group A homologation specials.

Brock used this as his personal car between 1982 and 1983 — owning it during what could be argued as his peak in the sport. Having won the Bathurst 1000 three times in a row across 1978–1980, Brock won it three times in a row again in 1982–1984 (Larry Perkins his co-driver).

Along with its Brock duties, this car was also used by the press. Modern Motor magazine featured it on their cover, and it’s also been featured by Street Machine. The two magazines in question are included in the auction, alongside all sorts of other paperwork paraphernalia.

The most notable of these is a Vehicle Identification Certificate signed by Brock. A hand-written and signed letter from Brock is also included, explaining the period in which he used the car, and adding that the car was tuned to achieve “about 60hp more at the rear wheels than is standard.”

The added splash of tuning is just one of the interesting little Brock quirks. Another is the sunroof, which Brock requested to be added to the car so that he could use it to ferry Melbourne’s Queen of Moomba in a parade in 1983.

The car has never undergone any restoration jobs, meaning it’s one of the most original HDTs still on the road today. The mileage, 124,395km as indicated, is also very low for a car of its age and heritage.

Situated in Queensland and to be auctioned off by Grays Online, bidding on the Commodore is set to kick off tomorrow at 4.00pm AEST. The auction will close on June 29.

The much loved HDT is unlikely to replicate the million-dollar Blue Meanie sale from last month, given that the model has never had the same cache among collectors. However, it’s still tipped to sell well into six-figures.

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