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1985 VK Commodore Group A SS headlines Shannons auction

Shannons will put 26 cars across the block at its Winter Classic Auction, including a 1985 VK Commodore Group A SS sedan.

ACCORDING TO THE enthusiast insurer and auction house, a no-reserve 1955 FJ Holden Sedan, 1951 FX Ute and a 1985 Holden VK Commodore Group A SS sedan with less than 32,000km on the clock will be the highlights of the 26-strong auction this coming Monday night.

A legend of Australian motoring, the move in Australia to the International Group A touring car regulations in 1985, saw Holden de-stroke its V8 engine from 5044cc to 4979cc and produce at least 500 examples in order to qualify for the new category. Peter Brock’s Holden Dealer Team (HDT) carried out the work and the example being auctioned is No 485 of the 500 built.

According to Shannons, the VK Group A SS has formed part of a private collection and its odometer is showing just 31,197km, apparently the engine was rebuilt just 1000km ago by Peter Brock’s renowned engine builder Neill Burns. Regarded by many as the most desirable Brock Commodore, Shannons says the car presents in very good condition throughout and is expected to sell in the $84,000-$92,000 range.

Shannons winter auction

For early Holden enthusiasts there is a very tidy 1951 Holden ‘FX’ Utility presented in substantially original condition. Offered with a tonneau cover, this Holden would be a fine addition to any collection at its expected selling range of $26,000-$30,000. And, “for bargain hunters and collectors”, there is a ‘time-warp’ 1955 Holden FJ Standard Sedan that is being offered for sale with ‘no reserve’, with an expected guiding range of $12,000-$16,000. It comes with some spares (including some hard to find items like a grille and hubcaps) and was last registered in NSW in June 2014.


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Isaac Bober

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