1988 HOLDEN SPECIAL VEHICLES VLSS GROUP A WALKINSHAW #097
This very collectable Group A has been in the one ownership since new.
Delivered new by United Motors of Thebarton, Adelaide in April 1988, it was the first of its kind to come to South Australia. We hold a copy of the original invoice in the name of its present owner.
The Walkinshaw or Walky was created in 1988. It had a number of other nicknames, including the Plastic Pic, Winged Warrior, Plastic Fantastic and Batmobile to name a few. The Walky came about after Holden and Peter Brock’s HDT parted ways in 1987.
Holden needed someone to build performance cars and it turned to Tom Walkinshaw’s British based TWR (Tom Walkinshaw Racing) and that’s how HSV was born.
With the resources of TWR and a much bigger wallet, HSV had the necessary ingredients to show it was able to match, if not better, HDT’s previous cars.
It didn’t disappoint. The VL SS Group A SV was its first task. To meet International Group A homologation rules, 500 had to be sold. This wasn’t a problem as they sold like hotcakes, and HSV decided to build another 250.
In June 2007, the owner changed the engine block to 355ci stroker motor, however the original block is currently in a crate and comes with the car. When the change was effected, the original motor had approximately 24,000kms on it.
The new motor was built by McLaren Engineering of Beverley SA and more recently, the car has been maintained by Paul Pavlou Motors of Thebarton.
Pavlou have supplied the following engine performance details:-
A dyno chart shows a maximum 257.6 Kw of power at the rear wheels and at approx. 160kph. Undoubtedly, more speed is obtainable in the right places.
For many years, the car wasn’t used, as the owner was away working overseas and since the engine block change, it has had limited use of about 4 hours per month.
A rare and desirable Holden which someone is going to love having in their collection.
Available to admire on our showroom floor in Adelaide.
We can arrange transport door to door Australia wide.
Finance – our broker offers VERY competitive rates and prompt service.
We welcome the opportunity to consider your trade in.
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