Daniel Tabone 1985 HDT DIRECTOR

FROM THE SAME ERA AS THE BLUE MEANIE THE DIRECTOR ADDED LUXO TO THE SPECS

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I think this is one of seven Directors in black. It was first sold by a dealership in Adelaide and I think that owner had it for around 18 months. I got it in Canberra about two years ago.

Iíve been in touch with the second, third and fourth owners Ė Iím the fifth. The second owner went to Adelaide buy it, drove it back to Melbourne and his story was he knew Peter Brock. Before he took it back to his home state of Tassie he dropped in at Bertie St (Brockís old headquarters in Port Melbourne). Brock went for a run around the block with him and thatís when the car got fitted with a Polarizer. Of course itís still there.

Why a Director? I donít know! I was looking for a blue Meanie or a Walkinshaw and then this came up. Itís different and unique, and has a mad story to it.

Itís only done 112,000km at this stage, so thereís a lot of life left in it.

It has the warmed-up 304 V8 and a five-speed manual. Iíve mostly left it alone, but Iíve fitted it with the Spa front end, with the lights. The story Iíve been told is they took a couple of VKs to Europe for the Spa race and took around seven of these special bumpers with them and three came back. Itís stamped HDT and is the genuine article. Iíve kept the standard one at home.

Itís awesome to drive. Very tight itís a really nice cruiser. He knew how to set up a car beautifully and itís still a really nice car after 30 years.