2008 HSV W427 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Future-proof HSV collectible, with some upgrades

As the covers came off the HSV W427 at the 2008 Melbourne Motor Show, punters were stunned by a new limited-edition sports sedan, celebrating HSV’s 20th birthday.

The VE platform on its own was a world-class bit of kit, Holden’s billion-dollar baby read the headlines; and here it was with the largest engine ever sold in an Aussie-made car at the time: a gargantuan 7.0lt 375kW dry-sumped LS7 originally destined for the Corvette C6 Z06.


 HSV originally planned to build 427 units, though that was then reduced to 200 depending on demand. Once production began midway through 2008, the GFC struck; and the order book closed one year later with production numbering just 137 cars.

Many of them have since been stashed away in locked garages, with many owners believing them to be hot-ticket items in the future. We reckon there’s a fair bit of sense in the sentiment if you look at what other limited-edition HSVs are doing in this post-manufacturing era.


This one-owner 2008 Phantom Black example (#13 of 137) has covered 141,683kms since new; and boasts some significant upgrades under its skin.

Upgraded rods and pistons sit beneath a CNC ported and flowed head; complimented by an upgraded cam, valve spring retainers, upgraded exhaust and E85-compatible injectors.


With all log books and receipts supplied; this improved W427 should be entertaining to say the least.

It mightn’t be entirely original, and the higher-than-most odometer doesn’t make for super desirable traits for prospective collectors, but a machine like this deserves to be driven.

It’s well priced for a W427 too; listed for $79,990 – if you want one of these cars and aren’t after a pristine unused example – this missile should more than deliver the thrills.

It’s based in Sydney, and you can check out the full listing here!


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