While last year Holden fans shed a tear when Australian manufacturing ended, the truth is, Commodore’s (of a special variety) were still being made in Australia. Holden’s performance division, HSV were still making cars and today, the very last of the amazing Commodore GTSR W1’s rolled off the assembly line. This was number 275/275, the last to ever be made.
The Clayton, Victoria plant was home to HSV for more than 30 years and over that time, the workers pumped out an impressive 90,114 vehicles.
HSV Managing Director, Tim Jackson said,
“For all at HSV, this is a time for great reflection on what the company has been able to achieve to date. Any success we’ve enjoyed has been directly attributable to our passionate staff, our dedicated dealer-body and of course our loyal fans who have helped build this brand through its 30-year journey”.
While the GTSR W1 had an RRP of A$170,000, the power available for the price, along with the limited supply, meant that prices were always going to go north. Right now, there are W1’s for sale for a staggering A$300,000. This was Holden’s most powerful Commodore ever, featuring a massive 6.2L LS9 engine from the Corvette ZR1, it was good for 474kW and launched with a massive 815Nm of torque. Its sad to know that there’ll never be another W1, so what now for motorsport junkies looking for a fix? Well, Holden (or parent GM) have announced they’re bringing the Chevrolet Camaro down under.
HSV recently moved into a new, more modern facility in Clayton South, where production of the Colorado SportsCat, and conversion of both the Chevrolet Silverado and Camaro, will take place.
Now for a look back at the stats accomplished by the employees at HSV.
Key Model Production Volumes
- VL Group A SS: 750
- VL SV88: 150
- VN SV3800: 491
- VN SV89: 200
- VN SV5000: 359
- VN ClubSport: 410
- VG Maloo: 132
- VP GTS: 130
- VS GTSR: 85
- GTS Coupe: 423
- Coupe 4: 132
- W427: 137
- 25th Anniversary GTS: 140
- GTS Maloo: 255
- GTSR (MY17 sedan): 1270’nbsp;’nbsp; ’nbsp;’nbsp;’nbsp; ’nbsp;
- GTSR Maloo: 606
- GTSR W1: 298 (Aust. ’amp; NZ)
Key Production Milestones
- 5,000th vehicle built (June 1991)
- 20,000th vehicle built (April 1997)
- 50,000th vehicle built (July 2006)
- 75,000th vehicle built (February 2013)
- 90,000th vehicle built (December 2017)
Congrats all, you amazing efforts will probably only be recognised in the decades to come.