End of an era

Published: 28 July 2009
The last HSV w427 to roll off the HSV production line.
End of an era

Pictured: The last HSV w427 to roll off the HSV production line.

The very last W427 to be built by Holden Special Vehicles was made to order at HSV’s Clayton production facility late last week, bringing to a close one of the proudest of achievements of the luxury and performance car manufacturer.

HSV’s most ambitious project has been a long time in the making with an earlier concept, the HRT 427, first being unveiled back in 2002.

The economics of the early attempt to produce a performance car powered by a seven litre, 427 cubic inch capacity engine meant the project did not move beyond a build run of just two, with one on display in the foyer of Holden and the other recently changing hands courtesy of a Far North Queensland developer for upwards of seven figures.

Retailing for $155,500, the W427 received rave reviews from local media when it was launched in July 2008 and even featured on Japanese Public Broadcasting’s TV news service. Just 137 W427s were built.

Pictured with the “Heron White” example of the modern day musclecar are the production team responsible for building the W427.

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