2020 Shannons Sydney Summer Classic Auction & Rare Number Plates

1985 Holden HDT VK Commodore Group 'A' SS Sedan




Engine V8, 4979cc
Gearbox 5-speed manual (see text)
Body Work Sedan
Colour Formula Blue
Interior Blue
Trim Cloth
Wheels Cast Alloy
Brakes Discs


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Widely regarded as the most desirable Brock Commodore of all, the Holden Dealer Team’s VK Group A – dubbed the ‘The Blue Meanie’ by its legion of fans - was launched in March 1985, several months after the SS and Group 3 models.  With the move from Group C to the international Group A regulations, Holden were forced to de-stroke their V8 engine from 5044cc to 4979cc and produce no less than 500 examples in order to qualify for the new category, creating a genuine homologation special.  The V8 featured roller rockers, a high-lift camshaft and high performance exhaust to boost power to a very healthy 268 bhp, making this the most powerful Holden yet.  Other features included heavy-duty M21 manual transmission, a limited-slip diff, Group 3 suspension package and 16-inch HDT alloy wheels shod with Bridgestone Potenza 225/50VR-16 rubber.  An aggressive body kit consisted of a front air-dam, modified front grille and a boot lid rear spoiler and each of the individually numbered Group A VKs was finished in the highly distinctive Formula Blue colour scheme, offset by the white Aero wheels.  The interior was also upgraded with a Momo steering wheel, Scheel sports seats and a host of other minor changes.  The VK Group A SS was the fastest production Holden to date, one magazine recording a 0-100 km/h time of just 6.98 seconds, whilst on the track Holden's hero Peter Brock surprised everyone by teaming up with arch rival Alan Moffatt in the 1986 Mobil-HDT race team.  Although official build figures for the SS aren’t known, just 200 Group 3 and 500 Group A VK Commodores were made by HDT and ‘Blue Meanies’ have become the most collectible of the Brock-era high-performance Commodores.  As the period ads said, “Body by Holden. Soul by Brock.”