The name Peter Brock is a licence to print money.
Celebrities sell cars and they don’t come any bigger than Brocky, at least in this country.
One of Brocky’s personal Commodores sold for more than $1 million recently and that figure has spurred another treasure hunter to come forward with another car which is about to go to auction — like its predecessor it will probably go for silly money.
It’s a 1982 VH Group 3 built by HDT Special Vehicles and was allegedly Peter Brock’s personal car from 1982 to 1983.
More than that, it is one of only a few to have his name in the logbooks together with a handwritten letter from Brock confirming his ownership.
A 1985 Holden Commodore VK HDT Group A, the fifth in a series of 500 cars, sold last month for $1.057 million — a record for a Holden road car.
Introduced in late 1982 and available in either white or red, the VH Brock range came in three models — Group 1 (4.2-litre engine only), Group 2 (4.2-litre engine only) and the Group 3 (available with the 4.2 or 5.0-litre engine.
A few High Output examples were also made, identified by the Red Momo steering wheel with a white Peter Brock Signature.
A total of 322 VH Commodores were built by HDT, but only a handful left the factory with the 4.2 under the bonnet.
Visually, the Group Three stood out thanks to a new body kit with side skirts, front and rear spoilers, a massive bonnet scoop and distinctive splitters on top of the front guards.
It could reach 100km/h in 6.7 seconds and did the standing quarter-mile in 14.9 seconds, both times matching the best high performance cars from Europe.
In its comparo with a Falcon ESP, Modern Motor concluded: “It’s a racing car for the road you say? No, the Group Three SS is much, much more than that.
“It’s a sports sedan, a blend of accomplishment and accommodation, or purpose and practicality. And if it’s not the best sports sedan for the money in the world, I’ll stand rooted.”
Grays who are auctioning the car say he drove it to race meetings and functions, and it also featured in magazines.
This was the car used in the famous “Lang Lang” test alongside the 1982 VH Bathurst winning car in the January, 1983 issue of Modern Motor.
In fact, it was featured in 15 different magazines and a copy of each comes with the car
The Commodore is in original condition with 124,000km on the clock.
Grays say the current owner purchased it back in the mid-80s and has kept it in dry storage until now.
Brock of course died in 2006 when his car hit a tree while he was competing in the Targa West rally, about 40km from Perth in Western Australia.
He was 61 at the time of his death.
Also known as Peter Perfect and King of the Mountain, he won the Bathurst race nine times during his career.
The car is reportedly in immaculate condition, with one small tear in the driver’s door trim.
It bears has the build date 1982-05, compliance date: 1982-05 and VIN # BVH017617M.
The auction gets underway June 24 and will finish Tuesday, June 29 at 8.30pm (AEST).
VH Group 3 factory specs
Standard: 4.142 Litre (253 Cubic Inch) HDT modified pushrod V8, Overhead valves – 2 valves per cylinder; Bore x Stroke (mm): 92.07 x 77.8; Compression Ratio 9.2:1; Maximum Power: 152.9kw; Maximum Torque: Unknown.
Optional: 5.044 Litre (308 Cubic Inch) HDT modified Pushrod V8, Overhead valves – 2 valves per cylinder; Bore x Stroke (mm): 101.6 x 77.8; Compression Ratio 9.2:1; Maximum Power: 180kw @ 4750rpm; Maximum Torque: 430nm @ 3500rpm.
4 barrel Rochester Carburettor and port matched inlet manifold. HDT Cold Air induction system with chrome air cleaner lid
M21 4 Speed standard.
Ratios – M21
Final Drive: 3.08
Single Dry Plate
Power assisted rack and pinion
Front: Fully independent. Macpherson struts with coil springs and anti-roll bar.
Rear: Live axle located by trailing arms and Panhard rod. Coil springs and anti-roll bar
Split circuit hydraulic system with power booster.
Front:281mm Ventilated discs.
Rear: 281mm Discs.
WHEELS & TYRES
15 x 7″ Irmscher Alloy wheels with Uniroyal ER60H15 tyres.
16 x 7″ Centra wheels optional
Top Speeds: (km/h@rpm)
0-100km/h: 7.5 seconds
400m: 15.1 seconds
90 Litres Optional
322 (mostly 5.0-litre Group 3s)
Base Price: $13,385
Options: Group 3 SS modifications $5500, 5.0L engine $1500, Deluxe AM/FM Radio $1300, 90 litre fuel tank $245, Fender Flares, Stratos Sports Seats, 100/130 Headlight globes, Engine Oil Cooler, Sports Camshaft, Anti-surge Sump, Personalised paint and/or trim finishes, 5.0 Litre Hight Output engine option (available on special request)
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