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The great Bathurst Brock auc­tion and the ar­rival of HSV’s RHD Ca­maro.

An auc­tion of the largest sin­gle col­lec­tion of Peter Brock cars and mem­o­ra­bilia in ex­is­tence, held at Bathurst on the night be­fore the Bathurst 1000 – Lloyds’ ‘Brock Col­lec­tion’ auc­tion of Peter Cham­pi­onowned cars was an event in it­self.

As an auc­tion, it set new records; it was, in fact, Lloyds’ big­gest Aus­tralian auc­tion ever.

To­tal sales on the nal fall of the auc­tion­eer’s ham­mer amounted to just un­der $6 mil­lion, although Lloyds spokesper­son Kirstie Mini e ex­pected that gure to rise con­sid­er­ably dur­ing post-auc­tion ne­go­ti­a­tions with some of the un­der-bid­ders.

“The to­tal from the sale will hit $10 mil­lion,” Mini e said. “We’re ex­pect­ing the rest of the cars to sell in the next few days.”

On the night, the best was saved till last. The nal item to go un­der the ham­mer, the ‘82/’83 Bathurst win­ning HDT Com­modore VH, at­tracted the high­est price – a record-break­ing $2.1m.

With this car pre­sented in a hy­brid form to re ect both of its win­ning years, fea­tur­ing ’83-style rear end and ’82 front, but dressed in the ’82 liv­ery, it might be seen as two cars for the price of one. This HDT Com­modore’s dual prove­nance notwith­stand­ing, it’s an as­ton­ish­ing sum of money for a his­toric Aus­tralian tour­ing car.

The other ‘big ticket’ item, the Cham­pion col­lec­tion’s ’84 day-glo Bathurst HDT Com­modore VK ‘Big Banger’, ended up be­ing passed in on the night at $850,000.

In­trigu­ingly given that the leg­end of Brock is so in­trin­si­cally linked to Holden, the cars which at­tracted the next two high­est sums were Fords: a Falcon GT-HO Phase III which had been driven at Mount Panorama by Brock in the early ‘90s for a mag­a­zine story, and a Group A Sierra RS500. The Falcon at­tracted $800,000; the Sierra went for $595,000.

In a re ec­tion of the grow­ing in­ter­est in his­toric Group A cars in Europe, bids for the Sierra sat

as high as $565,000 be­fore the auc­tion be­gan. It sold to an over­seas pur­chaser.

Lloyds’ Kirstie Mini­fie said that over­all there was con­sid­er­able in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est in the Brock col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing ‘two strong bid­ders from the USA’..

While most of the buy­ers wished to re­main anony­mous for the mo­ment, Mini­fie said that de­spite the high prices paid for some of the cars, it’s un­likely they’ll be locked away, se­cure from pub­lic view and stored as ‘in­vest­ments’.

“A lot of the buy­ers are in­ter­ested in dis­play­ing their cars pub­licly,” she says. “And some will race them.”

An­other high seller was the 05 Brock/Par­sons VL Com­modore from the ’87 Bathurst 1000. This, of course, was not the win­ning car, but rather the one Brock aban­doned early in the race that year af­ter its en­gine failed, so that he could con­tinue in the sis­ter #10 car – which went on to a fa­mous (and un­likely) vic­tory. This car sold for $800,000.

While Com­modores were in high de­mand (although a ’91 Brock Mo­bil Group A VN race car only got to $310,000 be­fore it was passed in), there seemed less in­ter­est in To­ranas.

The HDT To­rana A9X four-door driven by Brock at Sandown in his re­turn race for the fac­tory team in Fe­bru­ary, 78, fell short at $250,000, as did a for­mer HDT L34 (but pre­sented in A9X trim) race car. It was passed in on the night at $375,000.

The auc­tion in­cluded a se­ries of replica ‘trib­ute’ Brock race cars as well as some un­usual Brock originals such as the HDT Monza two-door pro­to­type and a pair of Brock Targa Tas­ma­nia cars (a Monaro and VU Ute). The 5.0-litre Monza went for just un­der $100,000; the Monaro was passed in at $150,000 and the Ute sold for $77,000.

Of the trib­ute cars, a neatly turned out HDT XU-1 ‘Beast’ Sports Sedan replica at­tracted bids of no less than $170,000.

The night be­fore, Lloyds auc­tioned off Craig Lown­des’ 2018 Bathurst race suit. It was do­nated by Craig as a fund raiser for the lo­cal farm­ers’ drought re­lief ef­fort. It sold for $23,000 – which prob­a­bly seemed like quite a sum on the night, but 48 hours later was look­ing like a rather shrewd in­vest­ment…

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