Auction watch: HDT VC Brock, XA Superbird, XP Squire and more

Here’s a selection of our top picks from the Grays classic car auction this week


Grays has another solid collection to choose from on auction this week – and kicking off the headline grabbers is an all original 1980 HDT VC Commodore.

The VC marked the beginning of Brock’s HDT-specialised Commodores, and this one is finished in firethorn red with an eye-popping matching velour interior as well as an auto ‘box behind the Five-O V8.

With 126,000 kilometres on the clock and documentation going as far back as John Harvey’s personal notes of the first test drive fresh out of the HDT factory in Melbourne, it’s no surprise this collector’s item is still a fair way off of its reserve (at the time of writing) with a top bid of AU$89,400.

If you’re chasing a serious project car with tags to make Ford collectors drool, this XA Falcon Hardtop Superbird is for you. At some stage, the car has had a XC Cobra makeover, but that appears to be the least of the challenges any future restorer will face.

Ford only built 750 Superbirds in 1973, basing the budget-performance machine off a Falcon 500 hardtop.

This one is in rough shape with no engine, but decoding the tags reveals that it was originally a 302 four-speed manual car, wearing polar white paint with cosmic blue highlights when it left the factory (not the Cobra livery it has now).

As we write, bidding sits at AU$15,300 with a reserve still to be broken, but with the popularity of XA-XC coupes as high as ever and this being a factory V8 manual car, that value could double by auction end.

If you’d love a Falcon from that era, but just want to jump in and go, then this stunning XC panel van should do nicely.

It’s not a super-rare matching numbers car, but to us that’s actually a good thing because it means you could nab a seriously cool piece of kit for reasonable money.

Originally a six-banger, the XC now features a tickled-up 351 V8 with a C4 auto, nine-inch diff and $15,000 in paint and panel work that you won’t have to do yourself – with GS stripes to boot.

Bidding is at AU$19,800, and while that number should double – it’d still be cheaper than building one yourself.

If you love an Aussie panel van, but want something a bit newer, there’s also this VZ up for grabs.

Holden only built 224 examples of the VY II/VZ panel van-style utes – the Holden By Design division tasked with fitting the fibreglass bodywork that was a $6000+ option when new.

This one may come with the dreaded Alloytec V6, but with only 76,000km on the dash there’s still hope for the timing chains, or better yet – V8 swap it.

Bidding the last time we looked was at AU$16,800, with the listing wrapping up on Sunday night.

Fancy an even less common, Aussie oddball? The Falcon Squire wagon was unloved on launch, as it was seen as having tacky American styling that didn’t appeal to Australians.

Time heals all wounds though, and because Ford canned the project early in the life of the XP Falcon, XP Squires are ultra rare and the current bid on this one of AU$39,600 reflects that.

The car has only travelled 3000km since a full restoration, using the factory fitted 170-cube six-banger and three-speed column shift manual for (minimal) shove.

If you’re after a V8 VN, yet want a tad more luxury than was an SS can offer, then it’s hard to beat a two-tone Calais.

It has definitely seen its fair share of Australia with 351,000km on the ticker, but it has had a complete suspension, ignition and fuel system overhaul which means it should be good to cruise for a while yet.

As we write, bidding is only at AU$7000, but we expect mid to high teens will be needed to grab it with current values of V8 VNs.

Speaking of rare birds, this Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX wagon is one that every JDM fan wants – including us!

The Evo IX was the only generation to feature a wagon variant, and unlike the sedan it wasn’t sold here locally, so any wagon you’re lucky enough to see will be a grey import.

This particular one does have the slight Achilles heel of being an auto rather than the six-speed manual, but finished in black and carrying the legendary 4G63 2.0-litre turbo four-pot under the bonnet – with AWD running gear –means it’s still a super tasty family hauler.

Bidding is at an irrelevant AU$109 as we write, as private examples are selling for AU$30-$40,000, so expect a winning bid in that ballpark.

R33 GTS-t Nissan Skylines were once seen as nothing more than cheap drift missiles, which is exactly why examples as nice as this are thin on the ground.

This one is also an auto, but it has the (arguably) more handsome S2 body kit, and manual conversions are fairly straight forward if you want to go that way – just be prepared to pay a premium for the parts needed to do so.

If you’re really hung up on getting a manual example, there’s also a S1 R33 GTS-t manual in the same auction.

Bidding on the purple R33 currently sits at a measly AU$10,000 as we write, and while that would’ve got you a nice manual one not long ago, these things have nearly tripled in price over the last 18 months.

Most of these listings wrap up on Tuesday night, and you can find them and all the other classics up for auction at the link here.