1985 Holden Commodore VK SS Group A: Another Peter Brock classic up for auction 

Another immaculate example of a rare Holden Commodore is up for auction this week. The last time a car like this went under the hammer it sold for more than $1 million.


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Rare Australian muscle cars continue to come out of hiding – and up for auction – as price records continue to be smashed.

The latest example under the hammer this week is an immaculate 1985 Holden Commodore VK SS Group A.

It is number 047 out of a production run of 500 cars developed to meet motor racing regulations at the time, and which wore racing legend Peter Brock’s signature.



Auction house Grays Online says the odometer shows the vehicle has travelled 20,972 original kilometres.

Photos accompanying the listing show the car is in as-new condition, having travelled an average of barely more than 560km per year over the past 37 years.

Although the vehicle is displaying Victorian registration plates GPA047 (Group A number 47) it is listed as unregistered.



The most recent example of a 1985 Holden Commodore VK SS Group A to go under the hammer and fetch big money was Peter Brock’s personal road car – and build number 005.

That example sold last year for $1.057 million (excluding auction fees), which is believed to be price record for a Holden road car.

The Grays Online listing for the latest VK Group A to go under the hammer says: “This genuine HDT VK Commodore Group A SS ‘Blue Meanie’ is one for the serious HDT collector. This car is HDT build number 2237 (047/500), showing just 20,972km since new.



“With original books, service history, HDT paperwork, and a known ownership history, it ticks all the boxes. It retains its original unused spare wheel, original Bilstein shocks, and even the original brake pads are still fitted.”

Bidding opens this week on 21 April 2022 and the online auction closes on 26 April 2022.



Australian car price records: a brief history

  • 1982 Holden Commodore VH race car (1982 and 1983 Bathurst 1000 winner): $2.1 million, auction sale, October 2018
  • 1972 Ford Falcon XA GTHO Phase IV road car (one of four, red): $1.75 million, private sale, August 2021
  • 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO Phase III road car (yellow): $1.3 million, auction sale, September 2021
  • 2017 HSV GTSR W1 Maloo ute road car (one of four, red): $1.15 million, private sale, March 2021
  • 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO Phase III road car (blue): $1.15 million, auction sale, February 2021
  • 2017 HSV GTSR W1 Maloo ute road car (one of four, pale yellow): Made it to $1.15 million then passed in at auction, September 2021 
  • 2017 HSV GTSR W1 Maloo ute road car (one of four, gold): $1.05 million, auction sale, February 2021
  • 1985 Holden Commodore VK SS Group A road car (number 05 of 500, Brock’s daily driver): $1.057 million, auction sale, May 2021
  • 1971 Ford Falcon XY GTHO Phase III road car (ex Jeff Thomson): $1.03 million, auction sale, June 2018
  • 1996 Holden Commodore HSV GTSR sedan road car (number 1 of 85): $1 million, auction sale, September 2021

Prices above sourced by Drive, and do not include auction fees or buyer premiums.

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years, spending most of that time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motoring editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in late 2018, and has been a World Car of the Year judge for 10 years.

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