Overnight, Peter Brock’s old Holden VK Commodore HDT Group A, lovingly known as ‘Blue Meanie’ in period, sold for AU$1,057,509 — or $1,134,644. This represents a new record price for the sale of a road-going Holden Commodore.
It’s amazing to think that this year will mark the 15th anniversary of Peter Brock’s tragic passing; a moment that many a race fan around the world will remember like it was yesterday.While Brock’s era at the top of Australian motorsport continues to get smaller in the rear-view mirror, there’s no denying that for many his exploits haven’t lost their attraction. People still talk about his Great Race drives in 1972 and 1979, and the ‘last big banger’, and him getting sideways in the wet in 1987.
It’s no surprise, therefore, that a Holden Commodore formerly owned by Brock is in line to not only sell for an incredible price, but in line to potentially become Australia’s most expensive muscle car.
A 1985 Holden VK Commodore HDT Group A has emerged for sale at auction firm Grays. It’s a mint enough example to be newsworthy in its own right, with clean bodywork, a mint cabin, and just over 77,000km reading on the odometer.
But, this just happens to be the former car of one Peter Brock. It’s number ‘005’ out of 500 built, reflecting Brock’s favoured ‘05’ race number. And, since Brock sold it, it’s been owned by just the one family.
“It still belongs to the same family that Peter Brock sold the car to. It has never been repainted or restored and has been driven only on special occasions over the years,” says the auction house.
“It has all the HDT paperwork to prove the authenticity including a letter from the late John Harvey. This could possibly be the most sought after and collectible Brock/HDT car ever built.”
Bidding for the ‘Blue Meanie’ Commodore sits at a staggering AU$1,056,009 ($1,134,478) with 15 hours remaining at the time of writing.
This means the Commodore is knocking on the record-breaking auction prices from earlier this year; most notably the HSV Maloo GTS-R W1 and Ford Falcon XY GTHO that sold for over AU$1,000,000.
Whether the model is worth the price is moot, although it’s worth noting that a barn find ‘Blue Meanie’ Group A Commodore is thought to have sold for over AU$200,000 last year. Unlike this pristine example, it was in fairly rough shape.