1980 Holden Commodore

HDT VC Brock (No 431)


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The history of the Brock Commodores began with Holden’s official withdrawal from motor sport by the end of the 1979 season. Lacking a major sponsor, racing legend Peter Brock and the remaining Holden Dealer Team personnel hatched a plan to fund their motor sport activities by producing specially modified road cars, offered through 57 carefully selected dealers. Holden agreed to supply brand new SL/E VC Commodores to HDT’s facilities in Melbourne where they were transformed into bespoke high performance road cars, each taking approximately 20 man hours to complete. Designed to compete with the best European sports sedans, this was an Aussie muscle car with a touch of class, combining interior and exterior enhancements with a series of engine and suspension upgrades. Holden’s hottest engine of the day, the 5-litre V8, benefited from L34-type heads with bigger valves, a matched inlet manifold and gas-flowed head porting, along with a dual exhaust, raising power output to a healthy 160 kW at 4500 rpm. Bilstein front strut inserts and shock absorbers tightened up the handling, while a heavy-duty limited slip diff got the power to the ground, enabling the Commodore to complete the 0-100 km/h dash is just 8.4 seconds. The Brock Commodore sported a unique appearance thanks to flares, spoilers and stripes (all designed by Holden’s own styling guru Leo Pruneau) along with German-made Irmscher alloy wheels. Inside refinements like the Momo steering wheel (with individual build numbers), footrest and black column shroud were complemented by distinctive HDT badging on the glove box. Using the SL/E as a base ensured the Brock Commodore boasted numerous luxury items like air conditioning, power steering, electric windows, four-wheel disc brakes, dual exhausts, a premium stereo and more. After receiving overwhelming support for the project from the Dealer Council, HDT commenced production of a limited run of 500 Commodores and they were released in three colours only; Firethorn Red, Palais White and Tuxedo Black, all with deep carmine burgundy velour upholstery. The runaway success of the VC Commodore ensured a healthy future for HDT and interest in these early cars has never been stronger, with values climbing all the time.

- Very original HDT VC Commodore
- Offered with original books and history file
- Ideal for the Brock collector

As confirmed by the original books, this particular HDT VC Commodore (build number 431) was sold through Tony Packard Holden of Baulkham Hills to the original, long-term owner on October 29, 1981. One of just 69 black examples and optioned with a sunroof, delete stripes and automatic transmission, the Commodore was driven on a daily basis around Sydney until 2000 before being laid-up in dry storage by the first (and only) registered keeper for some years. Recently recommissioned with the fluids changed and a fresh battery fitted, the VC has been re-registered on the personal NSW plate ‘VC-431’. The car retains the original numbered Momo steering wheel, period radio and has recently had a stripe kit added, while the driving lights and rear louvres are both easily reversible period modifications. Showing 149,514 kms on the clock at the time of cataloguing, this desirable Brock Commodore remains in original, unmolested condition and would suit the most discerning HDT collector or enthusiast. Currently on full NSW registration until January 2019 wearing custom plate VC431 to accompany the car if sold in NSW. the car also comes with an extensive history file, the original books and a spare set of keys.

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