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22 October 2016, 19:00 AEDT
Melbourne, AustraliaLive Auction
Lot 30: 2000 Holden HSV GTS(94 views)
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2000 Holden HSV GTS
VIN No. 6H8VTL69FYL585653
The arrival of HSV's GTS 300 in April, 2000 was a seismic moment in local 5.7-litre small-block history. It was the first Holden derivative ever with a small-block US V8 under the bonnet that was not a crate engine lifted from a US model.
For the first GTS powered by a Gen III V8, HSV was not prepared to add another round of superficial changes to LS1 hardware identical to what was under an SS bonnet. To develop a special Gen III engine totally unique to Australia, get it into the US supply chain at exactly the right point so it could go from ship to Holden's Elizabeth production line in one seamless move and land in the engine bay of a designated HSV GTS, was an unprecedented exercise in logistics.
First, HSV had to establish a working relationship with Corvette hot shop, Callaway, to develop a benchmark powerplant for Australia's unique breed of heavy premium muscle sedans. Extensively modified internally, the resulting C4B engine delivered a genuine 300kW (402hp) and 510Nm.
- Build number: 097 of 100 built.
- Build date: 19-05-2000.
- LS1 engine, 300kw.
- 6 Speed gearbox.
- 61,889 kms from new.
- Original paint, interior and tyres.