2019 Shannons Sydney Winter Classic Auction

2003 Holden HSV GTO Coupe (Special Build)

$40,000 - $50,000


Engine V8, 5665cc
Gearbox 4-speed automatic
Engine No. VF030730674
Chassis No. 6G1ZX14F33L112394
Body Work Coupe
Colour Quicksilver
Interior Black
Trim Leather
Wheels Cast Alloy
Brakes Discs

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When Holden unveiled the second-generation Monaro it was only a matter of time before Holden Special Vehicles put their signature touch to the stylish coupe, adding some serious muscle and exclusivity to the Monaro recipe.  Launched in two versions, HSV created the Coupe GTO and GTS (dropping the Monaro badge altogether), the former was powered by a 255kW version of GM’s 5.7-litre LS1 V8 with the option of either manual or automatic transmissions.  Using a name evoking Pontiac’s classic muscle car of the 1960s, the rear-drive GTO sported unique body enhancements including special projector headlamps, side skirts and three-piece rear spoiler.  The aero package was complemented by a bespoke interior featuring full leather upholstery (in black, yellow, red or tan), eight-way power front seats, side air bags, dual-zone climate control and an eight-speaker 10-stack CD player.  Under the bonnet, HSV’s unique Ram Air Induction system combined with stainless steel headers, dual converters and 2.25-inch exhausts to boost power to 225kW (360 horses in old money) at 5600 rpm.  Bigger brakes (ABS was standard) and revised suspension, along with unique 18-inch alloys shod with Bridgestone 235/ZR18 S03 Potenza directional rubber ensured exemplary handling expected from HSV’s big coupe.  From March 2003 a Series II version arrived with a 260kW engine, revised exhaust system and more cabin instrumentation.  Retailing at $73,750, the HSV offered terrific value for many compared with high performance European coupes from the likes of BMW and AMG, but with a character that was uniquely Australian.  The GTO’s muscle car credentials are backed by the numbers – 0-100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds and a quarter-mile of 13.9 seconds are still quick almost two decades later.  


  • Bespoke HSV GTO with unique special build
  • Two enthusiast owners from new
  • Supplied with books, service history and picnic basket
Built to special order by HSV for the original owner, a prominent Sydney businessman and car enthusiast, this unique GTO is the proverbial ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ - correspondence on file shows he desired a car that looked exactly like a standard Monaro on the outside whilst retaining the GTO’s upgraded interior and drivetrain.  Besides the lack of exterior adornments, individual features included automatic transmission with a manual diff ratio, a 1,600 kilogram towbar for hauling the owner’s historic race cars.  Costing $87,142 (a substantial premium over the GTO’s list price of $75,650), the discerning customer finally took delivery on June 26, 2003 and registered the car in the name of his company Transfield Holdings Pty Ltd.  A further invoice from the delivering dealer Hunter Holden confirms $10,278 worth of extras, including an engine upgrade to 300kW, lowering kit, electric brake system and the custom exhaust kit, making this possibly the most expensive HSV GTO ever made.   Bearing HSV build plate showing number 0159, the first owner enjoyed his ‘sleeper’ for the next decade, accumulating approximately 65,000 kms whilst ensuring the car was regularly serviced and properly maintained.  The second and current owner, a Sydney collector with a number of desirable HSV and Holden Monaro’s already gracing his garage, bought the car some four years ago.  Kept completely original apart from the addition of a set of black Simmons 18-inch wheels (the original alloy rims come with the car), the GTO has been driven sparingly (with the odometer showing 82,094 kms at the time of cataloguing) and regularly serviced, preserving the GTO in exceptional condition throughout.  Last registered in NSW in 2018 (and therefore sold unregistered), this unique GTO is perfect for the HSV collector wanting something a little different and comes with full books, service records and HSV brochures. 

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