Lacking from the Holden lineup since the introduction of the Commodore was a high-performance iteration, something with real driver appeal. In a stroke of genius, GM approached race legend Peter Brock to help construct high performance, exhilarating vehicles reminiscent of the days of the Monaro. Starting out as a very small concern, it would quickly garner a reputation for creating high quality and extremely well sorted high end Commodores, all which remain to this day highly prized and extremely collectable.
Naturally enough few ever referred to them as HDT Commodores, rather they would only ever be "Brock Commodores". From the moment you sat behind the wheel you knew you were in something special, but perhaps that was because the Momo steering wheel featured the King of the Mountains stenciled signature. Together with partner John Harvey (then Special Vehicles Department Manager), the company would go from strength to strength, even entering a couple of VK HDT’s in the LeMans 24-hour race. Our advise is, if you are lucky enough to own one, keep it.
1980 - 1981
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. More>>
1982 - 1984
First shown as a prototype at the 1982 Melbourne Motor Show, the Brock VH HDT Special Vehicles would prove popular before it was even released. Impatient buyers were going to their respective Holden dealerships to put down a deposit long before the car was even available. Unlike the VC iteration, the VH came in four distinct models, the Commodore SS Group One 4.2 V8, Group Two 4.2 V8, Group Three 4.2 V8 and Group Three 5.0 litre V8. As you progressed through the models, each would receive a little more by way of modification and refinement. More>>
1984 - 1986
The HDT SS carried over the same grille from the donor VK Commodore, but had a small rear spoiler and 15x7 HDT wheels shod with Uniroyal ER60H15 tyres fitted. But it was the Group Three that was creating all the interest, with its additional air dam, bolder side skirts, rear under-tray, letterbox grille and larger rear spoiler. A rearward facing bonnet spoiler and bonnet wind splitters that ran atop the front guards were popular options. Colour options were restricted to either silver or white, the previous black never proving popular but we cannot determine just why red was abandoned. More>>
1984 - 1986
The first of the HDT Special Vehicles Commodore's for the VL range would be the Calais LE. Initially it was powered by the same engine as the donor car, the Nissan sourced 6 cylinder engine being used. Naturally, as other engines became available on the general Commodore range the HDT engineers were quick to use these for their cars, and so both the turbo-six and Holden 5.0 litre V8 would also find their way under the bonnet of the Brock VL. More>>