Review of goods used Holden
The name Peter Brock will always be synonymous with Holden. The late great driver built his relationship with Holden with a series of sensational race victories in the 1970s and will forever be remembered as a Holden hero. There was never a better relationship between Brock and Holden in the early 1980s when Brock founded his own car company and produced a series of long-haul cars based on Holden Commodore. There are a lot of great HDT-branded merchandise, but one of the biggest ones is ‘Bluey, Group A was born to race for new international Group A racing rules in 1985.
In 1985, Australia, the Australian touring car race changed from home-grown rules from the early 1970s to a newly invented formula in Europe. Local rules have moved touring bikes off the street by giving manufacturers the freedom to modify their production cars to fit the race track, but new rules abroad. more restrictive, and they make a request to build at least one limited production vehicle to qualify for racing.
VK SS Group A is the first of the so-called ‘special similarities, Holden built in the A-era era. It is based on Brock ribs HDT SS Commodore, itself is based on Commodore SL, model lightest in Holden range. All are painted ‘Blue Formula, hence the nickname’ Bluey thoroughly by Brock enthusiasts, and feature a Brock-shaped grille inspired by Brock and a body kit derived primarily from Brock’s former Cargo riders.
Inside it has a special blue trim, full gear and a Mono leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Under Group A there is a similar suspension setup similar to that on Brock’s Group Three, with Bilstein’s struts and gas shocks, and SS springs. Like the regular SS, it has a 14 mm rear anti-roll bar, but has a heavier 27 mm bar at the front.
Brakes are lifted from Brock SS’s Third Group, while the wheels are 16×7 inch HDT alloys and they are covered with 225/50 Bridgestone Potenza rubber.
Under the bonnet sits a specially tuned 4.9-liter Holden V8. According to Group A rules, the Goods will be severely punished with additional weight if they are powered by regular sized Holden V8 engines, so the engine capacity has been reduced from 5,044 liters to 4,987 liters equal to How to reduce stroke to below 5.0 liter limit.
The rest of the engine has greatly attracted Holden’s past racing experience, and includes cylinder heads modified by engine master Ron Harrop, heavier L34 conro, valve springs Heavier Chev / L34, crank cranes, rough camshafts, four-barrel carbs fit inlet and exhaust ports, two-row time series, bright flywheel, HM headers and Lukey muffler.
The whole thing generates 196 hp at 5200 revs and 418 Nm at 3600 revs, up 19 hp from the regular Holden V8 engine with the same torque. It is also a freer revving motor and Holden has raised the red line an additional 1000 revs from the standard 5000 revs engine limit. Backup for the new engine is Holden M21 4-speed manual gearbox.
Tested at the time of VK Group A will reach a speed of 100 km / h in about seven seconds and include a standing distance of 400 meters in 15 seconds. It was quick for its time, handling and stopping was exceptionally good, and it looked great with unmistakable Brock road presence.
According to Group A rules, Holden must produce 500 cars before they can race it. They were built on the Holden production line and then transferred to the Brock plant, in the port of Melbourne, where it was completed.
IN THE STORE
Under the Brock skin, it has a Holden cargo and suffers from the same problems that affect conventional goods. Under the bonnet look for oil leaks around the engine and power steering. Inside look for wear and tear on the pale blue border because it’s not worn, and check the dashboard for cracks and deformations when exposed to sunlight. The good news is that most owners appreciate their cars and take care of them accordingly. The most important thing is to make sure it is a genuine A-model and not a fake one.
IN A CREDIT
Safety was at an early stage when VK Group A was launched, so it lacked systems that were taken for granted. No airbags, or ABS, and stability control are still years away from reality. In 1985, cars mostly fell into crumpled bodies and areas, while drivers relied on seat belts in an accident. But VK Group A was already quite good, at least at the time, safe active with sharp handling and good sized disc brakes.