From collecting dust to collector’s item, a tidy-but-dusty example of a 1985 Holden Commodore VK Group A has been unearthed in a shed in Sydney after not turning a wheel for more than 20 years.
Better known as the “Blue Meanie” – due to all 500 examples being presented in the same bright blue paintwork – this one is being offered online through Muscle Car Sales, who discovered the car in recent months.
Number 357 out of a batch of 500 (the minimum special build required to be eligible for motor racing at the time) was purchased new from Nash Holden in Lakemba and has travelled only 44,666km.
The vehicle was bought new in 1985. Technically, the car has only ever had one registered owner, but here’s where the story gets a little complicated.
The person who originally bought the VK Group A decided to store the car at his mate’s house while he was going through a divorce.
However, the original owner soon couldn’t afford the repayments, and so the person who owned the shed where the car was kept agreed to pay out the loan and take the VK Group A off his hands – but the new owner wanted to leave the car registered in the original owner’s details.
The original owner had done about 18,000km in the first year, and then the current owner took over. He drove it regularly until about 1998, when insurance costs and would-be thieves took the fun out of taking it out of the shed.
“Everybody was following me home, or trying to follow me home, so they could pinch it,” said the seller, who has asked to remain anonymous. “I used to have to drive to a police station and pretend to walk inside, before I could drive home. I got sick of that in the end, so I parked it in the shed, blocked it in so no-one could get at it, and here it is today.”
The car is sitting on the optional Momo wheels, but the seller also still has the original Aero wheels in perfect condition.
The engine last ran in 1998 but the owner has turned the motor over by hand throughout the years.
A Facebook post says this is the 2726th HDT vehicle produced and the car comes with all registration papers, log books – including one signed by Peter Brock – and the original purchase receipts.
“The car's provenance is undisputed,” says Harry Christian from Muscle Car Sales. “The vehicle can be sold as is, or if preferred arrangements can be made to have it prepared and presented in a roadworthy condition.”
While it is still early days in the sale process, Mr Christian says the car could fetch more than $200,000.
After listing the details on Facebook one day ago, the owner of Muscle Car Sales says he has already received offers of $180,000 to $190,000 in the first 24 hours.
“We are not in a hurry to sell this car and of course it needs some money spent to bring it back to life, but this is still an immaculate example for what it is,” said Mr Christian.
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