The legend continues
Although Holden racing legend Peter Brock has passed, his legacy has lived on with several of his iconic cars fetching record prices at auction.
The 1982 HDT Holden Commodore VH SS he drove in two back-to-back Bathurst victories broke records when it sold for $2.1 million.
The Commodore was well known by ‘revheads’ as the only car in the country to win the great race twice and more humorously as the car Brock’s mate, Peter Champion crashed in the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.
Champion came off the track and landed in some hay bales and then spent all night fixing the steering and panel damage, racing it the next day, using a beer carton painted black as a headlight replacement.
The car proved to still be a hit with fans, smashing the previous sales record by more than $1 million.
The previous record of $1.03 million was only set in June 2018 when an anonymous buyer purchased a Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III car which, at one stage, had been owned by Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson.
Though the ’82 Commodore broke records, the star of the auction – a 1984 Holden HDT VK Commodore known as the ‘Big Banger’ passed in at auction.
‘Big Banger’ was passed in at $850,000 despite experts predicting that it could sell for as high as $2 million.
The car was made famous by Brock who won at the Mountain with it in 1984 and said it was the “most winning” Commodore ever produced because it won every race in which it entered before it left the country.
A number of other vehicles were sold and passed in at the Lloyds Auction held recently, but none as famous as Brocks two rides above.