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Aussie muscle: ’87 Holden VL Group A Plus Pack

14 April, 2017

 

 


 

The SS Group A series existed primarily as a homologation special, created specifically so that a racing-optimized version could be used for Group A touring-car racing.

The Holden Commodore SS Group A was a series of four motor vehicles built by Australian manufacturer Holden and then heavily modified by Holden’s official performance tuner — originally the Holden Dealer Team (HDT), then later Holden Special Vehicles (HSV). The SS Group A series of cars existed primarily as a homologation special, created specifically so that a racing-optimized version of the Holden Commodore could be used for Group A touring-car motor racing.

This 1987 Holden VL SS Group A Plus Pack was purchased by its current owner in 1998. Being the more desired Plus Pack model, it features revised springs and anti-roll bars, as well as revised front-suspension geometry and changed spring mounting pads. It also has improved cylinder-head coolingwith the introduction of an extra water passage to the head and a higher pressure fuel pump.

The owner had the car professionally repainted in the original Permanent Red some years ago. At the same time, he removed the engine and had the engine bay resprayed as well. While the engine was out, he decided that he might as well have it completely stripped and rebuilt with new rings, bearings, and a performance camshaft, recommended by an HDT engine specialist in Australia, as well as a new heavy-duty clutch. 

The Commodore’s interior is in perfect original condition, and the owner, who was president of the Commodore Car Club of New Zealand for several years, has enjoyed participating in many club events. The patron of the club was in fact the legend himself, Peter Brock, who had seen this car on several occasions during trips to New Zealand. On one particular occasion, while the car was on display at Schofield Holden in Auckland, where Brock was on hand for a signing of a book written by Bev Brock, the owner couldn’t resist the temptation, to ask Peter to sign the car, and he kindly put his signature on the glove box, immediately beneath the build-plate number, which is No. 135.

For this long-time Peter Brock fan it was a very special moment, and indeed one he’ll remember forever. 

 


 

This iconic Australian muscle car is reluctantly offered for sale at $59,500, representing outstanding value in today’s collector market — for further enquiries, contact Bruce on 0274 942 505.

Motorsport Flashback – Kiwi rallying in the 1970s

Rallying arrived in New Zealand in 1973 like a tsunami. It had been only a few years since the sport was introduced here and shortly afterwards Heatway came on board as the sponsor to take rallying to a new level. The 1973 Heatway would be the longest and biggest yet, running in both islands with 120 drivers over eight days and covering some 5400 kilometres. The winner was 31-year-old Hannu Mikkola — a genuine Flying Finn who had been rallying since 1963 before putting any thoughts of a career on hold until he completed an economics degree. The likeable Finn became an instant hero to many attracted to this new motor sport thing. I was one of them.

Think of it as a four-door Cooper

New Zealand Mini Owners Club coordinator Josh Kelly of Dunedin loves his Minis. It’s a family affair. Julie and Mike, Josh’s mum and dad, are just as keen, and they can usually all be found taking part in the club’s annual ‘Goodbye, Pork Pie’ charity run from the North of the country to the South.
But lately Josh’s young head has been turned by some other revolutionary BMC cars. He has picked up a couple of Austin and Morris 1100 and 1300s, which he started to restore — that was until an opportunity arose to buy a rare example stored in a shed.