The rare 1996 HSV GTS-R is expected to fetch more than $500,000 at auction

The rare 1996 HSV GTS-R is expected to fetch more than $500,000 at auction

Considered a modern classic of Australian muscle cars, this HSV GTS-R was number 11 of 75 cars built – and is expected to fetch half a million dollars at auction.

A rare one 1996 HSV GTS-R is set to go under the hammer at auction today, with bids for the iconic Australian V8 sedan set to top half a million dollars.

Listed by the auction house Lloyd’sthis GTS-R is Build number 11 of 75 samples manufactured by Holden Special Vehicles for Australia (10 were exported to New Zealand, bringing the total to 85).

In 1996 the HSV charged $76,000 plus road expenses for the GTS-R – about 9000 dollars more than the former HSV GTS.

The HSV GTS-R is based on the VS Series Holden Commodore and is painted yellow in Melbourne taxi style. It was the Australian automaker’s flagship and was powered by one 230kW/475Nm 5.7 liter V8 engine – separated from the standard 5.0 liter “Iron Lion” engine.

Power was sent to a limited-slip differential on the rear axle via a six-speed manual gearbox, allowing the HSV GTS-R to achieve a claimed 0-100km/h time of 6.2 seconds.

According to the listing, this HSV GTS-R shows 48,162 km on the odometer.

All 85 HSV GTS-R were painted in a color called “XU3 Yella”, with the sellers of this example claiming “mostly original paint”.

While the XU3 Yella was known to resemble the color of Melbourne taxis of the time, the similarities start and end here.

The GTS-R was outfitted by HSV with an aggressive body kit that included a large rear wing and carbon fiber inserts on the front bumper, side skirts and rear bumpers, while black 17-inch three-spoke wheels filled the fenders.

The interior of the GTS-R has also been revised by HSV compared to cheaper variants, with bucket seats upholstered in yellow fabric with GTS-R logos.

Photos uploaded to the entry by Lloyd’s show the interior in excellent condition with no visible cracks in the plastic and with the original stereo installed.

An autograph by three-time V8 Supercars champion Craig Lowndes on the GTS-R’s dashboard is the only notable non-original feature.

At the time of writing, the bid is up to $260,000.

The auction closes at 1:20pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Saturday 27 August.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Jordan joined the Drive team in 2022 and has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. A self-proclaimed iRacing addict, Jordan finds himself either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or berating his ZH Fairlane over the weekend.

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