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30 Years of HSV

30 Years of HSV

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2. VL Walkinshaw (1988)

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The VL SS Group A SV was the first vehicle produced from the Holden-TWR agreement and, despite being a GMHA contract build, is still regarded as the vehicle which launched the HSV brand.

With the requirements of Group A regulations, Holden had to have a car capable of being competitive off the showroom floor, with a bodykit that could produce large amounts of downforce as well as being low drag. TWR developed the famous Walkinshaw bodykit that was stated to reduce drag by more than 25% over the previous HDT SS Group A version.

The VL SS Group A SV quickly developed the nickname “The Batmobile” and simply the "Walkinshaw" after TWR’s chief. Powered by a modified version of the 5.0-litre (180kW/380Nm) due to its homologation to Group A racing rules, the VL SS Group A SV was made as a limited run of 500 from March-November 1988, with an extra 250 produced due to popular demand.

Costing approximately $45,500 at the time, the VL Group A came in the distinctive “Panorama Silver” – named after the famed racing circuit at Bathurst.

HSV VL Walkinshaw owner, Alf:

"I would never trade it (pictured) for anything. It's my DREAM MACHINE. I used to see the Walkinshaws on transporters being delivered to the dealerships. It was a lifetime dream to own one.”

VL Walkinshaw 1
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VL Walkinshaw 3

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KEY MOMENTS AND MODELS IN HSV’S HISTORY

1. Concept Car Innovations

2. VL Walkinshaw (1988)

3. VN SV5000 (1989)

4. VN ClubSport (1990)

5. VG Maloo (1990)

6. VN Group A SS (1990)

7. VP GTS (1992)

8. VR GTS (1994)

9. VS GTS (1995)

10. VS GTSR (1996)

11. VSII Grange (1996)

12. VT GTS (1997)

13. VTII SV99 (1999)

14. VX ClubSport R8 (2000)

15. VX GTS (2000)

16. GTS Coupé (2001)

17. VY GTS (2002)

18. GTS Coupe Series 2 (2003)

19. Coupe4 (2004)

20. Z Series Maloo R8 (2004)

21. Z Series Signature Coupé (2006)

22. E Series GTS (2006)

23. W427 (2008)

24. E Series 2 GTS (2006)

25. 20 Years of Maloo (2010)

26. E Series 3 GTS (2011)

27. 25th Anniversary GTS (2012)

28. GEN-F GTS (2013)

29. GEN-F GTS Maloo (2014)

30. GEN-F2 ClubSport R8 LSA (2015)

31. GEN-F2 ClubSport R8 Track Edition (2016)

32. HSV Founder, Tom Walkinshaw

33. HSV Builds 75,000th Vehicle

34. HSV’s Owners Clubs

35. Car Badges Over the Journey

36. HSV Moves to Clayton

38. GEN-F Launch

39. World’s Fastest Ute

40. GEN-F2 LS3 Limited Editions

41. Ambassadors through the years

42. HSV Drive Experience program

43. HSV Television Commercials

44. 25th Anniversary ClubSport R8

45. 50,000 Strong

46. Ambassador “Driven by…” Series

47. HSV builds its 40,000th vehicle

48. E Series Launch

49. GTS Maloo

50. HSV Performance Technologies

51. Cameron Smith/Barry Ford Prank

52. GEN-F2 Launch

53. HSV Police Programs

54. 1990 Bathurst Win

55. HSV’S 25th Anniversary

56. HSV VZ goes 6.0-litre standard

57. Remembering Brocky

58. Tom Walkinshaw creates HSV

59. Early Days in Notting Hill