In late 1979, Holden pulled out of touring car racing after two years of domination by the LX Torana A9X SS hatchback. In 1980, this led to Peter Brock buying the Holden Dealer Team (HDT), though without Holden funding was needed to continue racing and development. This led to the creation of a modified VC Commodore, tuned and styled under the direction of Peter Brock who established HDT Special Vehicles, not only to produce enhanced versions of the Commodore but as a way of funding the race team. The result was a luxury-performance version of the VC Commodore, to be sold through select Holden dealers throughout Australia as the HDT Commodore. The HDT Commodore was powered by an HDT tuned 5.0-litre V8 engine, producing 160 kW (210 hp) at 4500 rpm. The HDT Commodore was a limited-edition vehicle, with exactly 500 production models produced. These only sold with a choice of three colours (Palais White, Firethorn Red or Tuxedo Black) to pay homage to Marlboro, HDT’s main sponsor at the time.
Muscle Car Warehouse would like to offer to the market this simply stunning example of Brock’s flagship models. This car has undergone a ten-year restoration which consisted of many genuine New Old Stock Holden parts along the way, most of which are simply unobtainable nowadays. It was originally retailed through Muir’s in Ryde, Sydney on the 10th of June 1981. The Firethorn Red paintwork presents faultlessly and looks as it should with the original flares, stripes and original Irmscher rims. The build number is 401. Inside the car is all original with the contrasting red colour throughout. Everything works just as it did when the car was brand new and again is faultless. While the odometer is displaying approximately 118,000 kilometres the car has not been used since the completion of the restoration. The car still houses its original matching number 308 5 litre Holden engine which has been totally rebuilt along with all other driveline components. Underneath the car is just as nice as the outside with everything replaced or refurbished. Thankfully, the logbook, logbook folder, owner’s manual and associated Holden Dealer team paperwork are still retained with the vehicle. The owner has also kept an extensive photographic log of the restoration also which is available to potential buyers. Now available for inspection in our Kogarah facility.