1996 Holden HDT VS Aero – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

VS Aero VS Aero

Build number 2 of 15, low-kilometres with all books and paperwork

HDT’s Len Pennisi pulled the covers off the new VS Aero in 1996, with just 15 built in total – the car was a more of an up-market executive sedan with some grunt than an outright performance machine.

The 5.0lt V8 gained a high-flow air filter as well as an ECU recalibration that yielded a slight power bump, as well as a more efficient EFI system. The four-speed TH700 automatic also gained revised shift points.

Underneath, the cars came from factory with live rear ends, reportedly due to restriction in camber adjustment with the independent rear suspension at the time. Suspension was provided by Munroe gas dampers, variable spring rates and front and rear sway bars.

The Aero’s biggest calling card was its smoothed and unique ten-piece body kit, colour-coded to the car, with the colour scheme continuing into the engine bay where the engine cover and strut bar were also colour-matched.

Inside, all cars were fitted with Slate Grey trim, with woodgrain inserts, leather front bucket seats, matching rear seatrs, velour door trims and a four-spoke Momo steering wheel.

This Sherwood Green example was reportedly a former HDT promotional vehicle.

It’s number two off the production line, with 15 built in total.

It’s reportedly got low-90,000kms on the odometer and comes with all log books and paperwork.

It’s based in New South Wales, and is listed for $55,000… which is a lot, in our opinion.

But you guys will make your own mind up about that, we’re sure.

Check out the full listing here!


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