HDT LM5000

Australian Muscle Car - - Hdt Vk -

Al­though the LM5000 was es­sen­tially a parts-bin spe­cial, it’s sig­nif­i­cant be­cause it was in fact the first HDT VK, ar­riv­ing in March 1984. So, how ex­actly did it come about? “It was a can­celled Vic­to­ria po­lice or­der,” says Sciber­ras. “They put an or­der in to have so many BT1 cars – the 5.0-litre high­way pur­suit cars. They can­celled the or­der but GM had al­ready built these cars. They needed to move them so the best way was, go and see Brock and he’d do some­thing with them.” ‘LM’ marked the Team Aus­tralia Brock/Perkins 1984 Le Mans 24-hour as­sault, though sur­pris­ingly enough 5000 didn’t re­late to the en­gine. “They worked out if they were to aver­age a cer­tain speed (208.3km/h) for 24 hours it would equate to 5000 kilo­me­tres,” he ex­plains. Ap­prox­i­mately 120 LM5000s were built.

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