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Peter Anderson | Apr, 18 2013 | 3 Comments

Three classic Commodores are to go under the hammer at Shannon's in Melbourne, one of them a rare Brock HDT Director sedan.

The 1987 Director was based on the much-loved VL Calais. Equipped with leather or velour Recaro seats, wood grain inserts and pile carpet floors. It also had a four speaker stereo with Yamaha CD player (remember those?) and a car phone.

Under the bonnet was a 223kW 4.9 litre V8 or, if you were in the mood for a little more, a stroked 5.6 litre producing 231kW and a massive 536Nm of torque. The "stroker" set buyers back a princely $8250.

Both V8 engines were fed by a four barrel Rochester carburettor and you had a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.

Despite the VL coming as standard with a live rear end, HDT could fit independent rear suspension for a further $6500.

Just nine Directors were made with their distinctive aero bodywork. Brock took the cars to shows in Europe in an attempt to kickstart sales, but he failed to garner much attention, despite declaring he could take on AMG and BMW.

With 71,350km on the clock, the expected price is between $70,000 and $85,000. At one point, these cars were fetching almost $200,000.

Also on the block is a VL Group A SS Commodore SV. Back in those days, the Australian Touring Car Championship ran under FISA's Group A rules, meaning that the manufacturer had to produce 500 roadgoing versions to qualify.

Up until 1987, Brock's HDT had produced the Group A homologation special, but after a spectacular falling-out over the Energy Polariser (or "Brock's Box of Rocks"), Tom Walkinshaw Racing stepped in.

The distinctive VL Group A SV is one of the most sought-after Commodores, and is almost universally referred to as "the Walkinshaw".

Thanks to its plastic body kit, it was also (affectionately) known as "Plastic Pig" and "The Birdbath".

The fuel-injected 4.9 litre V8 was good for 180kW and you could have any colour you liked as long it was Panorama Silver. The TWR-developed body kit was said to reduce drag by 25 percent of the original HDT VL SS.

Production ran to an expanded 750 cars and began in 1987. The split with Brock's HDT meant the VL had a delayed introduction to the championship and struggled to make an impact against the lighter Ford Sierras and Nissan GTS-Rs.

Holden's limp factory efforts weren't much help either, with privateers doing most of the racing. Success finally came in 1990 with a win at Bathurst in the hands of Win Percy and Allan Grice of HRT.

The VN Group A was introduced in 1991, almost three years after road car, but the VL raced on in the hands of privateers until 1995.

Shannon's has build number 614 for sale, with 81,000km on the clock. The company is expecting the car, wearing the plates "HSV 614" to sell for between $60,000 and $65,000.

The third car is another HDT, a 1981 VC. According to Shannon's, the car has had just two owners over three decades and is alleged to be one of just two "decal delete" cars.

According the HDT website, five hundred of the VC sedans were built, this one an "always garaged" Palais White example with crushed velour interior, air-conditioning, chrome trim, central locking and dual exhaust.

The car came as a five-speed manual or three-speed automatic mated to a 5.0 litre V8.

The VC is expected to fetch between $34,000 and $38,000.

The auction takes place on April 29.

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