Brock's VK SS Group III Commodore Sells at Shannons Auction

By: Oscar Hammond

Brock HDT VK Commodore 1 Brock HDT VK Commodore 1
Brock HDT VK Commodore 2 Brock HDT VK Commodore 2

Two Peter Brock HDT cars, including a VK SS Group III he previously owned, headlined the Shannons Sydney Late Autumn Classic Auction on 30 May


Shannons Sydney Late Autumn Classic Auction

Classic car juggernaut Shannons held its 2016 Late Autumn Classic Auction on 30 May in Sydney, headlined by two Peter Brock HDT gems.

An Alpine White VK SS Group III was the first of the two rarities on show, and its pedigree as a personal vehicle of Brock guaranteed its success among the car enthusiasts.

Sometimes regarded as the most desirable Commodore of all, the HDT VK sold for a surprisingly small $81,000, well under some initial estimates.

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The second of the two, the rare 1984 HDT Monza 'Prototype' coupe was a special breed among the special breeds. The only one of its kind, this HDT boasted independent rear suspension, something that would be unavailable in a regular commodore until the 1991 model.

While many expected this unique Brock treasure to sell well, the HDT Monza failed to reach the expected $120,000 and was passed in.

Mercedes -Benz -190SL-shannons

Despite the poor results for the Brock Commodores, other mouth-watering classics managed to catch the eyes of bidders, with two lots – the 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible and the 2003 Ferrari 575M Maranello F1 Coupe – fetching over $200,000.

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The 1958 Jaguar XK150 FHC Coupe was another big name on the lot, and was in great condition, from its red leather upholstery to the wire spoked wheels. Much sought after, this Jag sold for $127,500.

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Other cars to pass through included the 1978 Ford Falcon XC Cobra Coupe, which sold for $100,000, the 1973 Chrysler VJ Charger E48 Six Pack Coupe, which went for $48,000 and the 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Convertible, sold for $78,000.

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In this mixed bag of great classic cars, there were some surprises that no estimates predicted, such as the 1971 Ford XY Fairmont GT Replica Sedan.

This car, being just a replica of the Fairmont surprised bidders by surpassing the reserve and selling for $63,000.

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Following in these footsteps, the 1988 Holden VL Commodore Group A SS Walkinshaw Sedan which a hard sell back in 1988 ended up selling for an impressive $81,000.

This classic auction boasted an impressive 95 per cent clearance out of the 65 vehicle lots that were on show with almost every car auctioned meeting its reserve. The increasingly common no reserve strategy also accumulated results across the board, with most sold cars selling above the expected price.

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