New Zealand Classic Car - - Report -

he Holden Com­modore SS Group A was a se­ries of four mo­tor ve­hi­cles built by Aus­tralian man­u­fac­turer Holden and then heav­ily mod­i­fied by Holden’s of­fi­cial per­for­mance tuner — orig­i­nally the Holden Dealer Team (HDT), then later Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles (HSV). The SS Group A se­ries of cars ex­isted pri­mar­ily as a ho­molo­ga­tion spe­cial, cre­ated specif­i­cally so that a racin­gop­ti­mized ver­sion of the Holden Com­modore could be used for Group A tour­ing-car mo­tor rac­ing.

This 1987 Holden VL SS Group A Plus Pack was pur­chased by its cur­rent owner in 1998. Be­ing the more de­sired Plus Pack model, it fea­tures re­vised springs and anti-roll bars, as well as re­vised front-sus­pen­sion ge­om­e­try and changed spring mount­ing pads. It also has im­proved cylin­der-head cooling with the in­tro­duc­tion of an ex­tra wa­ter pas­sage to the head and a higher pres­sure fuel pump.

The owner had the car pro­fes­sion­ally re­painted in the orig­i­nal Per­ma­nent Red some years ago. At the same time, he re­moved the en­gine and had the en­gine bay re­sprayed as well. While the en­gine was out, he de­cided that he might as well have it com­pletely stripped and re­built with new rings, bear­ings, and a per­for­mance camshaft, rec­om­mended by an HDT en­gine spe­cial­ist in Aus­tralia, as well as a new heavy-duty clutch.

The Com­modore’s in­te­rior is in per­fect orig­i­nal con­di­tion, and the owner, who was pres­i­dent of the Com­modore Car Club of New Zealand for sev­eral years, has en­joyed par­tic­i­pat­ing in many club events. The pa­tron of the club was in fact the leg­end him­self, Peter Brock, who had seen this car on sev­eral oc­ca­sions dur­ing trips to New Zealand. On one par­tic­u­lar oc­ca­sion, while the car was on dis­play at Schofield Holden in Auck­land, where Brock was on hand for a sign­ing of a book writ­ten by Bev Brock, the owner couldn’t re­sist the temp­ta­tion, to ask Peter to sign the car, and he kindly put his sig­na­ture on the glove box, im­me­di­ately be­neath the build-plate num­ber, which is No. 135.

For this long-time Peter Brock fan it was a very spe­cial mo­ment, and in­deed one he’ll re­mem­ber for­ever.

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