The Brock Era
Following GM Holdens' withdrawal of their support for the Holden Dealer Team. Peter Brock purchased the team and become Team Manager
After GM Holden had withdrawn its sponsorship of the Holden Dealer Team race team and put it on the market, Peter Brock purchased the team and become Team Manager. He needed to get funds to continue to race and Brock approached individual Holden Dealers to continue their support of the highly successful HDT race team.
To satisfy the requirements of the racing regulations, Peter Brock's cars had to be considered a road car. He had to have a minimum of 500 cars on the road before he could put that car on the racetrack, hence the inception of HDT Special Vehicles. Part of the "pay off" for the dealers sponsorship was that Peter Brock would build and sell road cars through their dealer network.
HDT Special Vehicles went on to become the fifth largest car manufacturer in the country.
They built four different models of the homologation cars along with special build cars which allowed buyers to choose from differing levels of modifications. The homologation cars were built, plated and numbered one to 500.
The special builds were built, plated and individually numbered. All cars from the HDT Special Vehicles range are still much sought after and highly valued today. They were and still are considered one of the first Australian muscle cars in the country
Peter Brock enjoyed a golden time in racing and his HDT Special Vehicles were hugely popular throughout the eighties, but after one too many altercations with the parent company of GM Holden who supplied Brock his base commodores, it all came apart.
Peter Brock split with Holden and shattered the HDT Special Vehicles company and it was on-sold through several groups and eventually offered to Peter Champion for purchase in May 2007.