Hang on to your old Fords and Holdens.

That’s the takeaway from a Shannons bidding war where a 1985 Brock Commodore topped the sales parade when it went under the hammer for $165,000.

The 34 year-old Peter Brock designed ’Blue Meanie’ attracted strong bidding as did other other locally produced vehicles at the Melbourne auction.

Presented in the model’s signature ‘Formula Blue’ paint scheme with white Aero wheels, the 1985 HDT VK SS Group A Commodore sedan is one of only 500 V8 5.0-litre vehicles made by Brock’s HDT for Group A racing homologation.

This particular model came to auction in pristine condition showing just 10,387km on its odometer.

Regarded as the most desirable of all ‘Brock’ Commodores, bidding for the VK began north of $100,000 and quickly developed into a slugging match between a telephone and online enthusiast.

A 1969 Holden HT Monaro GTS 350 Coupe, meanwhile, was snapped up for $120,000 while a ‘no reserve’ 2009 HSV W427 Commodore that sold for $98,000 after vigorous bidding.

Marking the 20th anniversary of Holden Special Vehicles, the W427 with its 375kW 7.0-litre LS7 V8 engine was the most powerful and expensive car ever made in Australia when it was introduced in 2008.

The as-new example (Build No. 110) had been part of an enthusiast’s private collection, with its odometer showing just 55,925km at the time of cataloguing.

A rare 5.0-litre four-speed manual 1976 Holden HX GTS Monaro went for $51,000, against is pre-auction estimate of $25,000-$35,000.

Of course we would be remiss without mentioning the beautifully, restored 1949 Riley RMB 2.5-litre Saloon that brought $31,000, against a pre-auction estimate of $15,000-$20,000;

And how about a 1978 Leyland Mini Moke Californian presented in wonderful condition and ready for a lazy beachside life, that brought $34,000 ($20,000-$25,000).

Our personal favourite, however, a 1964 Chrysler Valiant AP5 Safari Wagon with push-button auto went for a modest $11,000.

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.