VL Commodore BT-1 + Datsun 510 + HDT VK Group A - Auction Action 460 2

By: Mark Higgins

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The auction world is full of surprises, with big sales and the odd bargain. Here are some of the highlights

1988 Holden VL BT-1 Commodore

Sold: $125,600

If one of these leapt into your rear view mirror back in the day, unpleasant odours eeked from your body. The prices being paid for these is mind-boggling. It’s a VL, SL turbo manual Commodore in Absinth Yellow with brown trim-in cop spec. But you can’t argue with market forces. This Series 2 BT1 was owned by a retired police officer for around 30 years. Wonder if he ‘goosed’ the locals with it?


1970 Datsun 510

Sold: $52,500
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Here'sa Datto 1600 with a difference. Look carefully and you’ll see it’s a two-door version, better known as the 510 and imported from the USA. This one has been fully restored in the USA, taking two and a half years and now runs a 2.2lt Nissan engine and five-speed 280ZX manual box. Since the resto it has clocked 1408 miles and then imported here and is part of a private collection.


2007 BMW E92 M3

Sold: $43,750
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A stonking 4lt V8 engine, six-speed manual in a gorgeous Silverstone Silver BMW coupe body with M3 pedigree for under 50 grand. It has been with its current owner for past 10 years and was sold with maintenance and servicing history. It has Electronic Damper Control (EDC), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), and factory stainless steel bi-modal exhaust system, 19-inch alloys and 192,500km.


1985 Holden HDT VK Group A

Sold: $204,000


The VK Group A is considered by most HDT aficionados as the highpoint in Brockodore history. A homologation special, five hundred were built out of necessity to compete Group A touring cars All were Formula Blue to mark a partnership with Mobil. This car is original and been stored for 20 years. It sold with the original books, service history and 114,164km on the clock. It was on the cover of Unique Cars September 2010 at $95k.


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Nissan 200SX


You can blame drifting for the popularity and now growing prices of the 200SX Nissan, it being a favourite of the swing and sling set.

The mid-90s front turbo engine, manual box, rear drive, the S14 coupe was lower and wider than its predecessor with a longer wheelbase and wider track. A favourite with modifiers, finding an original unmolested example isn’t a breeze but far from impossible. Prepare to pay up to mid $30k for a good clean example with books and history.

Mechanically robust avoid anything with a gigantic turbo and drainpipe exhaust.


From Unique Cars #460, Dec 2021

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