Con­tro­ver­sial Brock car for sale at mo­tor auc­tion

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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 to­tor­clas­

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