Nissan’s new broom
Mr Emery cites rising Pathfinder sales and a backlog of orders for Y62 petrol Patrols as examples of how and where the brand can grow.
“I’ve said before I thought the Y62 was priced arrogantly (when it launched in 2013) … we did a disservice to that car.
“When we repositioned it (trimming $23,000 from the price), it took off and now we’re having problems getting enough.
“Four years ago we were selling 250 Pathfinders a month and I was having to spend on promotions and incentives to do it. Now Pathfinder is up around 500 a month.”
Mr Emery is still keen to sell Nismo performance models but says global demand for the go-fast Nissans means the factory needs time to transition from being a race and component supply outfit to be a major car maker.
“Nismo could be here as quickly as six to nine months or as long as 15,” he says. The HDT Commodore that Peter Brock drove – and the one he wanted to build – are both going under the hammer at Shannons upcoming Sydney Autumn auction on May 30.
Nearly 10 years after his shock death in the Targa West tarmac rally, Brock fans and collectors are already lining up to bid on the 1984 Holden VK Commodore ‘SS’ Group 3 Sedan that was the nine-time Bathurst winner’s personal car for a period while he ran HDT Special Vehicles.
However the HDT car that Brock wanted to build – the 1984 Opel Monza Coupe he developed as the prototype of a future HDT Special Vehicle – is also going under the hammer at the auction and is regarded as a more collectable car, according to many HDT enthusiasts.
As confirmed in a letter on HDT letterhead signed by the late racing champ, the white VK Commodore SS being auctioned was originally his General Motors-provided company car that he immediately built into a Group 3. It was then used for studio photography and became the HDT press vehicle.
HDT Special Vehicles then bought the Group 3 SS Commodore (build No 1354) at the end of its media duties and it became Brock’s personal transport for some time.
It is now being offered for sale by its second owner, who purchased it directly from Brock, accompanied by the letter confirming its provenance.
Because of its significance as the foundation model of the HDT Group 3 Commodore and Brock’s personal ownership, Shannons expect it to sell in the $80,000 to $100,000 range.
Equally fascinating for Brock fans in the auction is the 1984 Opel Monza Coupe that Brock helped develop as the prototype of a future HDT model, attracted by the car’s independent rear suspension compared to the Commodore’s live axle.
While HDT’s plans were thwarted when GM-Holden decided against the project, the Monza remains a tribute to Brock’s forward thinking.
Because of this connection it is expected to find willing bidders in the $100,000 to $120,000 range on May 30.