BIG-DOL­LAR BIG BANGER

NZV8 - - WORLD NEWS -

There are few race cars on this side of the globe as iconic as the VH SS Com­modore driven to mul­ti­ple Bathurst vic­to­ries in the hands of Peter ‘Per­fect’ Brock. But now, that same car is fa­mous for a com­pletely new rea­son: record sales price. The Holden Dealer Team VH SS Com­modore was the key item at an auc­tion of Peter Brock cars held in Bathurst on the Satur­day night of the big race.

The car was first driven to vic­tory around Mount Panorama thanks to Brock and Larry Perkins in 1982, be­fore do­ing it all again a year later with the same driv­ers, but un­der con­tro­ver­sial cir­cum­stances, when the pair jumped in mid race af­ter their own car suf­fered an en­gine fail­ure. With such his­tory, sales es­ti­mates were high for the ve­hi­cle, how­ever, no one pre­dicted the AU$2.1M that it achieved.

An­other ex-Brock car, a VL Com­modore from the 1987 Bathurst event also sold, fetch­ing AU$800K, while a VX Com­modore that Brock raced with Craig Baird at Bathurst in 2002 sold for AU$320K.

Not ev­ery­thing up for auc­tion ex­changed hands though, with a 1984 HDT VK Com­modore pass­ing in at A$850K — prob­a­bly thanks to the con­cern about whether it is the gen­uine car that he raced to vic­tory, or if that car is the car sit­ting in the Aus­tralian Na­tional Mo­tor Rac­ing Mu­seum.

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