Peter Brock's Bathurst winners sell in record Australian auction
Bathurst racing legend Peter Brock's collection has been sold at auction, with his Commodore VH SS breaking an Australian sales record
The car collection of Australian racing legend Peter Brock has been auctioned off in his home country, with one car going for a record price.
Brock’s Holden VH SS Commodore, the only car to have won the Bathurst 1000 twice, sold for A$2.1 million – increasing to A$2.25 million after commission – a price never achieved before by an Australian-built car.
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The car, presented in race-worn condition with flat tyres and a split front spoiler, was co-driven by Larry Perkins and won the 1982 and ‘83 editions of ‘The Great Race’. A round of online bidding had brought the initial auction floor price up to A$1.6 million but nine bids and four minutes later, another half a million had been added to that price.
It wasn't the only Bathurst winner on sale, with Brock’s 1984-winning car, the VC Commodore ‘Big Banger’ also hitting the auction block. Concerns over the true origin of the vehicle, believed to be a copy of the National Motor Racing Museum’s car, meant it couldn't demand as high a price, and bidding faltered at A$850,000.
Since sale it has returned to the Mount Panorama Circuit, lapping the track in its period Malboro livery with 1987 winner David Parsons at the wheel as part of the preparations for this year's Bathurst 1000.
Surprisingly several of the cars failed to sell at all, with one of the better performing ones being a 1985 Group A Commodore ‘Blue Meanie’, which sold for A$325,000. It had clocked up just 2375 kilometres in its 33 year history.
Lloyd's Classic Car Auctions, the host of the sale, looks set to break its own record for combined sales prices, which will be bolstered by the sale of a current generation Australian Supercar. The Holden ZB Commodore, driven by Walkinshaw Racing’s Scott Pye this season, sold for A$260,000 and will be delivered to its new owner at the end of next year.
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