Controversial Brock car for sale at motor auction
THE car that ended Peter Brock’s relationship with Holden will go under the hammer at the Motorclassica auction in Melbourne tomorrow.
The Holden Dealer Team VL Director was fitted with the controversial ‘‘Energy Polarizer’’ – which was intended to improve a car’s performance. Holden disputed the claims for the device — and ended its deal with PB when he insisted on installing them in the Director.
New-age neoscience aside, the Director was designed to be a local prestige rival to the performance Mercedes and BMWs on sale at the time. Launched in 1987, a fully optioned VL Director cost $87,000 and was fitted with a 21-piece body kit to help mask its Commodore origins.
Owners could specify a 4.9-litre V8 with around 220kW or a stroked 5.6-litre engine with 231kW. Both used either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
Two of the 12 cars built were also fitted with independent rear suspension taken from the Opel Senator.
Auctioneers Manheim said this example had driven just 13,000km and would be one of the highlights at this year’s Motorclassica. Manheim included an online simulcast for interstate and overseas bidders of the 30 cars and six motorbikes that will go under the hammer for an estimated $5 million.
Other highlights include a 1969 Lamborghini Miura S owned by 1960s supermodel Lesley ‘‘Twiggy’’ Lawson, a 1963 Aston Martin DB5 – and a 1908 Mercedes believed to be the oldest surviving shaft-driven Benz in existence.
The cars will be on show with around $100 million of rare and historic machines at the Motorclassica event next weekend. Go to www.motorclassica.com.au