HSV first opened its doors to the public in February 1988 after unveiling the first ‘Walkinshaw’ at the Sydney Motor Show in 1987.
The establishment of the partnership between General Motors Holden and the British Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) group was a major coup not just for performance car connoisseurs, but also for the local industry. The operation began with a clear set of goals and a carefully structured business plan. The aim was simple - to maintain the tradition of Holden-based performance sedans originally established by Peter Brock’s Holden Service Centre Team.
Over the years, HSV built an array of modified vehicles, most of which were based on Holden models powered by either Holden or GM sourced V8 engines. For 30 years HSV mastered a very specific vehicle fit for Australian tastes and purposes: the V8, four-door performance sedan that people aspired to own.
In 2017 a new agreement was struck between GM Holden and HSV to bring a whole new breed of vehicles to customers in Australia and New Zealand from across the GM empire. The company proceeded to re-engineer the American vehicles, ushering in an exciting era of vehicle enhancement that saw the same entrepreneurial spirit that has driven HSV for over 30 years.
In 2020, GM announced their intent to establish a new company in Australia, GMSV. Following the success of HSV’s work with GM product, the Walkinshaw Automotive Group were asked to continue to re-engineer the Silverado 1500’s on behalf of GMSV. We are honoured to continue our working relationship with GM.
We are proud of our achievements spanning 4 decades in Australia’s automotive industry. HSV would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers, partners, employees, and mostly, our die-hard fans & owners. Every design and innovation was produced for your pleasure and we hope you continue to enjoy your HSV vehicles for many more years to come.