2020 Shannons Winter Timed Online Auction
2001 HSV Holden VX GTS 300 Sedan (Build #174)
Bids Close: Wednesday 26 August 9.16pm AEST*
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A landmark car in the history of Holden Special Vehicles, the GTS 300 based on the VTII (and subsequently VX) Commodore models were the first to use the LS1 V8 engine fully imported from the USA. Built in strictly limited numbers across both sedan and coupe (GTO) models, the GTS 300 packed a serious punch thanks to the Callaway tuned 300kW powerhouse under the bonnet. With 510Nm of torque, the GTS was a prodigious performer, capable of reaching 100km/h in just 5.1 seconds from rest and the quarter mile in 12.8 seconds. Indeed, HSV were so confident the GTS 300 was the fastest sedan on the market it took on the BMW M5 and AMG E55 at the Nurburgring’s famous Nordschleife and beat the Germans at their own game. Tested by Mark Skaife and Anders Oloffson for Motor magazine, the HSV lapped the famous “Green Hell” faster than either of the hometown rivals, both in the wet and dry. Coded C4B, Callaways’ LS1 featured ported heads, a different cam and new valves under the signature red HSV rocker covers, allied with a special exhaust and Hydratrak limited-slip diff. Reworked suspension and stronger brakes with cross-drilled rotors and Harrop four-pot calipers plus ABS ensured the GTS could handle the LS1’s power. Aside from the frontal styling there was little change between the VTII and VX versions of the GTS 300 – just 117 of the former (of which 17 were exported) and 287 of the latter are understood to have been made and they rarely appear on the open market today. All used a six-speed manual, while changes on the updated VX model included larger 19-inch alloys and the standard trim went from leather to velour. Costing around $100,000 when new, there were only three options available – leather upholstery, sunroof and a better sound system. Touted as a future classic, interest in the GTS 300 has never been stronger and low mileage, original examples are now starting to move in the market.