Holden hits his­toric high

Two rare mod­els push Holden to the fore­front in pres­tige used cars, writes PAUL GOVER

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AUS­TRALIA’S first $1 mil­lion car could change hands be­fore the end of the year. Bid­ding on rare and ex­otic Fords and Hold­ens has al­ready seen prices top $900,000. The record stands at $920,000 paid for one of only two HRT 427 Monaro coupes last month.

The Holden re­sult sur­passes the $750,000 paid for a Ford Fal­con GTHO Phase 3 last year.

Sev­eral low-key shop­pers are still lurk­ing, look­ing to spend $1 mil­lion or more for a Phase 3 with proven Bathurst race his­tory.

Holden fans are also spend­ing big. Canowin­dra car dealer Char­lie McCarron re­cently re­fused a $900,000 bid for a 48-215 which he has pegged at $1.2 mil­lion.

And now Phil Munday, who has the old­est Holden in private hands — No.19 in the 48-215 pro­duc­tion run— as well as a col­lec­tion of other early-model hump­ies, is hop­ing he will be the one to crack the magic mil­lion.

‘‘I’d like to be the first to get $1 mil­lion for an Aus­tralian car. I prob­a­bly have a cou­ple that are worth that much,’’ Munday says.

‘‘I reckon the Good­wood car we built for Peter Brock to race in Bri­tain in 2006 could make it. It was the last car he raced, in Septem­ber of that year.’’

Chris Bow­den, who sold the 427 Monaro from the Clas­sic Throt­tle Shop in Syd­ney and has in­ti­mate knowl­edge of the multi-mil­lion­dol­lar Bow­den Col­lec­tion owned by his fa­ther in Queens­land, be­lieves a $1 mil­lion deal is just a ques­tion of time.

‘‘It will ei­ther be a good, proven race car or a clas­sic old-timer — some­thing from the track with the Brock or Mof­fat name at­tached,’’ Bow­den says.

‘‘You just need the right car, with the right driver, with bul­let­proof prove­nance. For sure, we could get $1 mil­lion for the Peter Brock A9X from ’78 that is in the Bow­den Col­lec­tion. And we have the ’79 Bathurst win­ner, but we wouldn’t even en­ter­tain an of­fer for that.’’

Bow­den says there is a lot of talk about the $1 mil­lion mile­stone, par­tic­u­larly af­ter his latest sale.

The 427 Monaro sold to a Queens­lan­der who goes only by the nick­name ‘‘Chooka’’.

The Queens­lan­der has one of each Monaro model since the 1960s and was very keen to add the HRT 427, which was one of only two pro­to­types built be­fore the busi­ness plan for a full-scale pro­duc­tion run of 50 cars col­lapsed when the prob­a­ble show­room price sur­passed $200,000.

The Canowin­dra car is still for sale and McCarron hopes it will make more than $1 mil­lion.

It is a black 48-215 and one of only 112 Hold­ens sold in 1948. McCarron bought it for $575 in 1970 with the deluxe op­tion pack: leather trim, safety wheel rims and a pas­sen­ger’s side sun­vi­sor.

It still has only 35,000 kilo­me­tres on the dial.

But Munday be­lieves his cars are bet­ter, even if he has no solid plans for a sale.

‘‘I have No.19, which has to be worth more than $1 mil­lion, but I’m not sell­ing it,’’ he says.

‘‘Then again, if I were of­fered $1 mil­lion I might change my mind. It would be good to be the first.’’

Rare price: (above) Phil Munday with his im­mac­u­late 48-215 Holden and other early hump­ies. Left, the HRT 427 Monaro.

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