Lloyds’ HSV collection auction looks amazing!

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

2006 HSV GTO Limited Edition 2006 HSV GTO Limited Edition
2017 HSV GTS R W1 2017 HSV GTS R W1
2008 HSV W427 2008 HSV W427

Many, many Holden Special Vehicles up for grabs

Lloyds’ HSV Collection auction, which takes place this Saturday, the 16 of December, has an unbelievable amount of rare and desirable HSVs up for grabs.

We could go on for hours about every single one of these HSVs, they’re all great, but there is a few that have particularly peaked our interest.

Here are our favourite picks:

2017 HSV GTS R W1
The last and, depending on who you talk to, the best. That’s how good the W1 is, it’s a brand new car and already it’s steeped in Aussie car culture and the story for how it came to be gives this super sedan huge desirability. Just 300 of the monsters have been built, and power is derived from Chevrolet’s venerable LS9, 6.2lt supercharged V8, which, in the W1s application, pumps out a whopping 474kW (636hp in the old money) and 815Nm of torque. While the heart of the car is mighty impressive on its own, when you consider that the suspension is bespoke for the W1 and made by SupaShock, who normally make suspension set-ups for the Walkinshaw Supercar team, and when you take into account things like the massive AP Racing brakes and forged 20-inch wheels shod in Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R tyres, you start to realise that this may well be one of, if not, the most desirable car Australia has ever produced. Lloyds certainly seem to think this, as they reckon the W1 will sell for $300,000.

2008 HSV W427
While some HSV fans will say that the W1 is the best of the bunch, others reckon that this, the HSV W427, is the real crème de la crème. Power came from Chevrolet’s absolutely stonking 7.0lt, LS7 V8, which is an absurdly high displacement for a production car. The behemoth bent-eight brute pushed out an impressive 375kW and 640Nm of torque, making the W427 a properly quick car. Unlike its younger sibling, the W1, however, the W427 wasn’t exactly a sales success, with only 137 being built in total despite original plans to make 427. But, that’s what happens when you release a $155,000 in the middle of a global financial crisis. Anyway, this is an unbelievably rare Aussie performance car and the current owner has put just 2167 kilometres on the clock from new, so it’s just about as good as it gets.

2006 HSV GTO Limited Edition
Last but certainly not least is the one of the final 21-century Monaro models that HSV ever conceived; the GTO Limited Edition. This particular example is build number 59 and only has 209 kilometres on the odometer from new, and, judging from the photos, the Monaro genuinely looks brand new, like it has literally just rolled off the production line. Anyway, the GTO gets its power from Chevys 6.0lt, LS2 V8 which puts down 297kW and 530Nm of torque. In addition, this particular example is optioned with the highly desirable six-speed manual and is finished in Phantom Black with complementing gold accent stripes.  

There are plenty of other amazing cars at this auction, and you can view all of the lots right here.

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