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HDT Special Vehicles "Brock" Commodore VC

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HDT "Brock" Commodore VC

1980 - 1981
5.4 ltr. V8
160kW @ 4500rpm
4 spd. man; 3 spd. auto
Top Speed:
210 km/h
Number Built:
5 star
HDT VC Commodore
HDT "Brock" Commodore VC
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 5


When GMH collaborated with race legend Peter Brock for the manufacture of a road going high performance Commodore, everyone knew the final product would be special.

The HDT VC was based on the SL/E and hit the streets in October 1980. By June the following year, from their tiny Melbourne facility, Brock's company had churned out 500 of the awesome HDT VC's.

There was a limited selection of colours, white, red and black (the latter colour proving the least popular at the time).

The HDT VC’s were rather gregarious, but that was more fashion of the time, if you were hot, show it.

A huge air-dam was fitted to the front, while the back featured a large three piece spoiler, fat wheel flares and bold striping in red, white or black, stretching from the front spoiler and continuing along the flanks of the car.

The bumpers were colour coded and fitted with protective rubber inserts, while inside the standard steering wheel was jettisoned in favor of a personalized Momo version, each bearing the cars build number and Peter Brock’s stenciled signature.

Mechanically, the Brock engineers matched the 5.0 litre V8’s manifold to the head, while the inlet and exhaust ports and the combination chamber were reshaped for better gas flow.

Larger valves and a high capacity air cleaner were fitted to improve breathing, and a dual exhaust system ensured it could exhale as easily as it could inhale. Once again, the build number of each car was struck onto a production place located under the bonnet.

Purchasers could opt for the four speed manual or three speed auto, with either transmission a heavy duty limited slip diff was standard kit. Able to have the needle pointing at the 100 km/h marker in 8.4 seconds, it could cover the 400 metres in just over 16 seconds.

Given the pimp-my-ride looks and well endowed power the car boasted, most forgot about the important stuff. To improve handling, the engineers lowered the VC, and fitted Bilstein gas shocks to better control the suspensions movement. The disc brakes were upgraded to match the extra performance, and the whole package was capped off with the fitment of 15x6 Irmscher alloys, shod with Uniroyal Steel 60 series radial tyres. Desirable? You Bet!

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Posted 1466 days ago
They were not all 5.0 litre there was some HDT 4.2 litre Brock Commodore's.
John Magyar
Posted 2010 days ago
I miss my 83 VH GRP 3 HIGH OUTPUT! Bought it new on 18/6/1984 .$26500 a lot of money back then! Had it for 9 and half years before responsibility took hold. By far the best BROCK and fastest i owned! In total 4 other Brocks and Wankingshaw. None of these other Brocks had the feel aurora and respect that car commanded, bar none!!!! Not even my beloved ZR-1 VH GRP 3 H.O. # 14 R,I.P.
Posted 2099 days ago
I agree with Jay - beware in the wet. Ive had mine for nearly 20 years - totally awesome car.
Posted 2151 days ago
Yep what a car...they dont make em like that anymore....nearly 30 years old and just as red hot as the day she rolled off the production line..
Posted 2206 days ago
Best/meanest looking HDT made.
Greg Turner
Posted 2334 days ago
I have been told that trying to tow things seeing you had a big Holden Commodore but it didn't work out. I bought mine 7years ago on 30/12/2001, never had a towbar, found in a farm barn where the farmer left it after buying another car,he had it from new and all I have done is burnt out one valve and it's never off the road. OH LUCKY ME.
Posted 2466 days ago
bought one 4 years back for 27 000 in Vic ,it hasnt been registered , photographed, or even taken out since, it is my nest egg, and looking at the prices now, its going well. Go HDT next generation,RIP Brock.
Posted 2596 days ago
One of the last cars that actually resembles its Bathurst edition. The 1st Bathurst winning Commodore.
Posted 2601 days ago
As an owner I can only recomend them if you can find one to buy anywhere.Beware in the wet though.....
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