Shane O’Hara – HDT VK SS

Australian Muscle Car - - Hdt Vk -

When Shane bought a Calais Di­rec­tor in 2007 he ended up with more than he bar­gained for – two cars for the price of one. The seller also had a badly dam­aged 1985 VK SS that he was hop­ing to get rid of too. So, ul­ti­mately, Shane went back to pick up the sec­ond car. “[The VK SS] was hit re­ally hard in the left-hand front, just out­side Pan­thers [Leagues Club] in Pen­rith. The bloke who was sell­ing it still had the [4.9-litre] mo­tor; the car was all there, but it was just in bits.” Shane’s orig­i­nal plan was just to re­pair the dam­age and put it back to­gether, but his wife, bless her, reck­oned he was bet­ter off giv­ing it a full restora­tion. So that’s what he did. Three years of toil later the VK SS was back on the road in time for a Brock Com­modore gath­er­ing in Al­bury-Wodonga in Oc­to­ber 2010. “And it ab­so­lutely ham­mered rain the whole way down! We drove through flood wa­ters with a car that was all mint un­der­neath when we had left Syd­ney!” Shane has gone to great lengths to re­turn this car to the con­di­tion in which it drove out of the deal­er­ship. There is one key ex­te­rior dif­fer­ence: the sub­tle black chin spoiler. These orig­i­nated on the po­lice pack ver­sions and Shane tracked one down from a re­gional Holden dealer. Shane is such a HDT VK tragic, he’s built him­self a trib­ute car cel­e­brat­ing Brock’s Big Banger 1984 Bathurst win.

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