Holden’s Heroes at Shannons February 18 Auction
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Holden’s Heroes at Shannons February 18 Auction

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By Shannons - 08 January 2019
  • Four sought-after Holden ‘heroes’ – all at ‘no reserve’
  • Exceptionally low km Brock HDT ‘Blue Meanie’
  • Iconic 1969 HT Monaro GTS 350
  • Rare one-owner HSV W427 sedan 
 
Holden’s mightiest ‘lions’ are set to roar at Shannons first 2019 Classic Auction in Melbourne, where a pride of sought-after models will go under the hammer in the February 18 Summer sale – all at ‘no reserve’.
1969 HT GTS Monaro 350 coupe
This 1969 HT GTS Monaro 350 coupe that has had just two owners for the past 48 years is expected to sell in the $160,000-$180,000 range at Shannons Melbourne Summer Auction on February 18.
The absolute highlights of the four hot Holdens on offer are a 1969 HT GTS Monaro 350 coupe that has had just two owners for the past 48 years and a ‘time warp’ and exceptionally low kilometre 1985 ‘Blue Meanie’ VK Commodore Group A SS Sedan – widely regarded as the most desirable of all ‘Brock’ Commodores.
 
Supporting them are two more very special Commodores:  a very rare, carefully maintained and one owner 2009 HSV W427 sedan and a unique HSV-enhanced 1996 Holden VSII Commodore BT1 ‘Police Pack’ V8 Sedan.
 
The Monaro HT GTS 350 needs little introduction to Holden enthusiasts. Announced in May, 1969 as the successor to the HK GTS 327, it succeeded in winning that year’s Bathurst 1000 endurance race, while Norm Beechey drove an example to win the 1970 Australian Touring Car Championship – the emotional first ever ATCC victory for a locally-designed and developed car.
 
Mated to a three-speed automatic transmission, the striking white GTS 350 being auctioned was re-painted around 15 years ago, while inside its black and white hounds-tooth upholstery presents like new.
 
With HK/HT/HG Monaros now reaching new levels of popularity with collectors, Shannons expect this fine example to sell in the $160,000-$180,000 range.
1985 ‘Blue Meanie’ VK Commodore Group A SS Sedan
This time warp 1985 ‘Blue Meanie’ VK Commodore Group A SS Sedan that is believed to have covered just 10,387klm from new is expected to bring  $160,000 - $190,000  at Shannons Melbourne Summer Auction on February 18.
Equally desirable for ‘Brock’ Commodore collectors is a 1985 Holden Commodore VK SS Group A offered with just 10,387km, believed genuine, showing on its odometer.
 
Known to enthusiasts as the ‘Blue Meanie’ because of its signature ‘Formula Blue’ paintwork, the model was built by Brock’s Holden Dealer Team to homologate the new Group A racing version of the SS Commodore, with its high-performance V8 engine de-stroked from 5044cc to 4979cc to comply with the regulations.
 
Just 200 Group 3 and 500 Group A VK Commodores were made by HDT and ‘Blue Meanies’ have become the most collectible of all the Brock-era high-performance Commodores, with the barely-used example being auctioned expected to bring $160,000 - $190,000.
2009-model HSV W427 Commodore
This rare, limited-edition and one owner 2009-model HSV W427 Commodore that has been very well maintained from new is expected to sell with ’no reserve’ in the  $80,000-$90,000 in the  $80,000-$90,000 range at Shannons Melbourne Summer Auction on February 18.
Then, there’s a mighty HSV W427 crossing the block. When announced in 2008, the HSV W427 was a limited-edition model to mark the 20th anniversary of Holden Special Vehicles.
 
Powered by a 7.0-litre LS7 V8 engine rated at 375kW at 6500rpm and 640Nm at 5000rpm, the W427 was then most powerful car ever made in Australia and, with its RRP of $155,500, the most expensive.
 
Along with its Corvette-sourced V8, the HSV W427 came with larger brakes, a strengthened six-speed manual Tremec TR6060 gearbox, revised suspension and unique Magnetic Ride Control suspension settings.
 
Finished in Heron White with a red leather interior, the as-new example (Build No. 110) being auctioned has been part of an enthusiast’s 10-car private collection, with its odometer showing just 55,925km at the time of cataloguing. 
 
To maintain its ‘as delivered’ appearance, this car has had extensive paint and stone protection and comes with an HSV-fitted car cover. 
 
Although offered with ‘no reserve’, this ultimate Commodore is conservatively expected to command $80,000-$90,000 on February 18. 
1996 Holden VSII Commodore BT1 Police Pack
This unique 1996 Holden VSII Commodore BT1 Police Pack fitted with many performance upgrades is expected to sell with ’no reserve’ for $12,000 - $18,000 at Shannons Melbourne Summer Auction on February 18.  
Finally, for rare Holden enthusiasts, there is a unique 1996 Holden Commodore BT1 Police Pack that included an 185kW engine upgrade for its 5.0-litre V8 engine, a four-speed automatic transmission, FE2 suspension pack, and 3.07/3.08 rear axle ratio and Holden by Design enhancements, including a body spoiler kit, alloy wheels and Group A SS trim.
 
This one of a kind VSII Commodore comes to auction in generally good condition, with its unique specification making it an absolute talking point at any Holden gathering. As a result, Shannons expect it to bring $12,000 - $18,000 range.
 
 
For more information on the auction contact Christophe Boribon on (03) 8588 0809, or 13 4646 (Option 5) or email auctions@shannons.com.au.