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Holden Special Vehicles

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Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), established in 1987, emerged as a key player in Australia’s performance automotive scene, in collaboration with Tom Walkinshaw Racing. This partnership filled the void left by Holden’s split with Peter Brock’s Holden Dealer Team amid the Polarizer controversy. HSV debuted with the Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV in 1988, a vehicle that swiftly gained fame for its enhanced performance and distinctive styling, including a large rear wing, famously dubbed “The Batmobile.”

Over the years, HSV has developed a broad array of modified vehicles, primarily based on the Holden Commodore platform. These include high-performance variants like the Clubsport and the Maloo, the latter setting a world speed record for a production pickup. Notable models also encompass the luxury-focused Grange and the powerful GTS, providing a blend of performance and premium features.

Recent years have seen HSV adapt to changing market conditions. Despite challenges, it has maintained its status by focusing on high-performance versions of GM and Holden cars, even expanding into international markets with limited exports. HSV’s adaptation to industry shifts and commitment to high performance underscores its enduring appeal and market resilience, ensuring its place in the annals of Australian automotive history.

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