Auction watch: Holden racing cars to go under the hammer

Collectors will have their chance to bid on some rare and significant Holden racing vehicles in the coming days


A large auction of mainly Holden vehicles is set to cross the auction block this weekend, of which five are former racing cars.

As part of the catalogue, Burns & Co will be presenting the very first V8-powered Holden to ever win a competition event – a 1968 Holden Dealer Team HK Kingswood rally car, wheeled by legendary driver Bob Watson and Jim McAuliffe.

Among the many preserved features of the car, it’s worth noting the Heuer Rally Master-Time Pair mounted to the car’s dashboard is worth around $8000 alone by today’s estimates – before provenance is taken into account.

A Bathurst-driven Holden LX Torana A9X racing car is also on offer, which made its debut at the Hang Ten 400 at Sandown in September 1977, before being driven on the road for more than two decades.

Arguably the star of the auction is the Europcar 2000 Holden VX Commodore V8 Supercar, which underwent development by Peter Brock. Along with his son James Brock, the vehicle has had many other notable drivers over its 30-round history – as well as laying claim to competing at three Bathurst 1000 events in its era.

Another vehicle with links to HDT, Bathurst, and the Brock family – this time driven by Peter’s brother Phil – is a unique 1980 ZZ Gemini, finished in its AC Delco livery worn during one of its James Hardie 1000 campaigns.

One of the few remaining original 1970 Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 racing cars will also go under the hammer, which has been road driven following its rescue from a shed after two decades.

Burns & Co will be auctioning a large collection of other Holden vehicles – as well as memorabilia and other interesting vehicles, including Troy Bayliss’s Ducati and an FPV GT Cobra, this Sunday November 7, 2021, at its facility in Bayswater, Victoria.

To see the auction listings, you can visit the Burns & Co website by clicking here.