The VC HDT Commodore has a special place in a lot of people's hearts including Peter Brock who often said that the VC was his favourite Brock Commodore. The VC HDT Commodore was a whole lot more than a tarted-up family car with a body kit. With the VC, the Holden Dealer Team turned a highly specified Commodore SL/E into a luxury executive express with dynamic qualities that gave the Euro marques something to think about.
Brock started with the engine. The trusty 308 V8 scored a comprehensive upgrade for the breathing, including work on the heads, inlet manifold and the fitment of a four-barrel Rochester carburettor plus a bigger diameter fuel line. A cold air intake was part of the package, along with a larger than stock air cleaner, borrowed from the Chevrolet parts catalogue.
The result was a 40kW increase in power and a claim of a 20 per cent improvement in fuel consumption. Enough for a 15.5sec standing 400m and a top speed of around 215km/h, at the time the quickest Aussie road car on the market. Behind the engine you had a choice of a M21 four-speed manual or three-speed TH350 auto and a 3.36 ratio heavy-duty limited-slip diff. In total, 281 of the 500 cars produced were built with the TH350 automatic gearbox.
The chassis scored a similarly comprehensive make-over with Bilsteins shocks, heavier springs and sway bars leading Wheels magazine to commend "Brock’s understanding of suspension design as, frankly, quite remarkable." Brakes too were upgraded, with ventilated discs on the front and a bigger master cylinder.
Inside, you got the full Holden luxo pack, including power windows, air-conditioning, central locking and velour trim – in Carmine Red only. Outside the body kit and striping were designed by the legendary Leo Pruneau who designed many standout Holdens including the HQ SS and Kingswood, the VB, VC, VH and VK Commodores, along with the LJ, LH and LX Toranas and the Holden Statesman.
AMCS presents for sale an excellent example of the VC Brock Commodore. Build No.195 is finished in the original factory applied Firethorn Red with contrasting original Carmine trim. Build No.195 has travelled a mere 120,625km from new mostly due to the fact that the car was housed as an exhibit in the National Holden Museum in Echuca, Victoria from 1994 to 2002.
The car is presented in beautiful original survivor condition with log books and impeccable history. There have been three owners. The original company director owner from new until approximately 40,000km. Second owner to 91,500 klms and the 3rd and current owner of over 27 years to the current mileage of 120,625km.
Build 195 features all original paint, apart from a repaint of the body kit/spoiler in 2005 and the fitment of a new decal kit. All work over the past 27 years has been by thorough, articulate and competent professionals. The car is kept in top condition and has always been ready to show.
A full nut and bolt engine reconstruction and part by part engine re-painting/reassembly was completed at 100,000km in 2005. Only a few minor motor modifications have been made. The engine retains the original displacement, crank and heads. The restoration instruction at the time was “maximum output but only subtle evidence” – just nice. So it has Pacemakers, higher compression ACL pistons and Edelbrock intake manifold, the original carby recently fully rebuilt, only top synthetic oils ever used….all for a sweet 170 rear wheel kilowatts or approx. 220kW up front.
Now you have to remember – these Commodores are light by today’s standards and that is more than enough power to put a smile on your dial. The car is driven about 50kms once a fortnight to ensure it is kept in top performing condition. It is also taken to shows where it is the centre of attention for many photographs and HDT enthusiasts. This car turns heads everywhere it goes. At the lights people get out to take pictures.
Build No.195 comes with the original Owner’s manual, original number plates and the glove box all signed by Peter Brock. Having been in the Holden Museum, lots of great stories are associated with this car. Some of this memorabilia is included and would have a high collector value alone. Peter Brock’s nicest compliment of the car in 2005 after the engine bay tidy – at the last “Brocks Big Day Out; with Peter present, he said “ I wish they left my factory like this”.
The interior is untouched and all original as Brock and his team designed it. The original stereo and the clock are still working as is the electric aerial, electric boot release and the power windows. The integrated air-conditioning system is in place but not connected at present. The car has 5 good condition Irmscher rims with Yokohama tyres and the spare has the original Uniroyal Wild Cat 225/60/15 tyre still fitted. The car also comes with a full set of 17" BBS rims with 95% tread.
It’s a genuine (and sad) sale but the current owner of 27 years feels the time has come to pass this machine to its 4th owner. Currently on full VIC registration with HDT-195 plates transferrable to a Victorian purchaser. Offers invited over $100,000.
Located near Phillip Island, Victoria for your inspection. (AMCS Ref. 5709)
And if you like AMCS will gladly arrange a video inspection/road test of the car using WhatsApp and of course there is no issue with door to door freight delivery anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.
Offers invited over $100,000