1985 Holden VK Commodore – Today’s Tribute Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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1985 Holden VK Commodore 1985 Holden VK Commodore
1985 Holden VK Commodore 1985 Holden VK Commodore
1985 Holden VK Commodore 1985 Holden VK Commodore
1985 Holden VK Commodore 1985 Holden VK Commodore
1985 Holden VK Commodore 1985 Holden VK Commodore
1985 Holden VK Commodore 1985 Holden VK Commodore
1985 Holden VK Commodore 1985 Holden VK Commodore
1985 Holden VK Commodore 1985 Holden VK Commodore

It may not be the real thing, but it’s pretty awesome anyway

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The Holden VK Commodore SS HDT Group 3 was a bit of a mouthful and, with a proper thumping V8, it was also a bit of a handful and a worthy successor to the VH Group 3.

Unlike the VH HDT Commodores that came before it though, the VK series dropped the Group 1 and Group 2 specification and was only ever offered in Group 3 guise.

HDT employed a raft of changes over a standard VK Commodore, including a redesigned exterior, different suspension and chassis tuning and a reworked version of the 308ci V8.

The fettling to the 308ci pushrod V8 was extensive, and resulted in the hairy-chested donk pushing out 177kW and 419Nm.

That was enough grunt to hurtle the HDT from zero to100km/h in 7.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 210km/h.

The Group 3 was also said to do the quarter-mile in 15.7 seconds, a respectable time even by today’s standards.

This stonking power was pumped through to the rear wheels via the M21 4-speed manual box and a 3.08 limited-slip diff.

Other special bits that HDT anointed the Group 3 with included a long-range fuel tank (90lt), 16-inch Aero wheels, new front bumper with deeper air dam, swooping rear spoiler and an SS sticker pack.

This particular VK is not an original Group 3 HDT, however. According to the seller the vehicle has undergone a full nut-and-bolt restoration to exacting standards and specifications.

To some this may be sacrilege and unworthy of affection, but to be honest, for $49,990 it could be seen as a bit of a bargain considering the amount of money and energy that gone in to this faithful replica.

It’s also worth a look because real VK Group 3 values are now north of $100-grand.

Anyone keen on this cut-price tribute can view the full listing here.

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