This car competed in seven Bathurst 1000s with a range of privateers, beginning with the Lansvale boys!


A VETERAN of the Bathurst 1000 has just been added to the V8 Sleuth Online Showroom for sale and it’s set to get Group A and Commodore fans and collectors hopping!

The 1988 Lansvale Commodore VL Group A SV driven at Mount Panorama by Trevor Ashby and Steve Reed has just been listed here in the V8 Sleuth Online Showroom and is located in New Zealand.

It has a Perkins Engineering-built Holden V8 engine under the bonnet and comes with a whole host of spare parts.

The car was originally built by the Lansvale duo’s team in 1987 as a carburettor-powered Commodore VL.

It left Australian shores shortly after it finished racing here in 1995 and had sat with a single owner largely unused before being acquired by current owner Rodney Heads.

Heads has spent the last two years restoring the car in his Mount Maunganui workshop in New Zealand.

The car competed in seven Bathurst 1000s between 1987 and 1994 and was updated by the Lansvale team in 1988 to ‘Walkinshaw’ fuel-injected specification.

However the privateer squad elected to convert it back to carburettor spec in 1989 before selling the Commodore to Laurie Donaher, who raced it for a few seasons before on-selling it to Sydney privateer Glenn Mason.

Mason returned the car to fuel-injected specification and ran it for a few seasons with the 1994 Tooheys 1000 at Bathurst (where driven by Greg Fahey and Denis Cribbin) as its final appearance on Aussie soil.

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