HSV SV88 30TH

THE START OF IT ALL

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HOW DO YOU TRANS­FORM EVERYMAN CARS INTO HIGHLY DE­SIR­ABLE, EN­HANCED-PER­FOR­MANCE, PRES­TIGE VE­HI­CLES? YOU TALK TO HSV

It is im­pos­si­ble to cel­e­brate the his­tory of the Com­modore with­out doff­ing our hats and say­ing happy 30th an­niver­sary to the first Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles model, the SV88.

HSV, a joint-ven­ture between Gen­eral Mo­tors-Holden and Scot­tish racer and au­to­mo­tive en­tre­pre­neur Tom Walkin­shaw (his fam­ily now owns it), rose from the ashes of the bit­ter and pub­lic di­vorce between Peter Brock’s HDT Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles and the Gen­eral in 1987.

HSV’s first em­ployee was John Har­vey who did much of the ground­work in es­tab­lish­ing the busi­ness, find­ing premises, sourc­ing sup­pli­ers and con­vinc­ing deal­ers in late 1987. A short time later for­mer Holden Sales and Mar­ket­ing boss John Cren­nan joined the f ledgling or­gan­i­sa­tion as its first CEO, a po­si­tion he then held for over two decades.

Un­til lo­cal Holden pro­duc­tion ceased in Oc­to­ber 2017, HSV pro­duced the most pow­er­ful and de­sir­able of all Holden Com­modores, from VL to VF II, as well as fet­tling States­mans, Monaros and utes with name plates like Maloo, Se­na­tor, Grange, GTS and prob­a­bly its most fa­mous moniker, Club­sport, which John Har­vey came up with.

Vir­tu­ally all HSVs were V8 pow­ered and, un­til the past few sea­sons, its Holden Race Team was the dom­i­nant force in V8 Su­per­car rac­ing. The op­er­a­tion en­joyed strong cor­po­rate sup­port and had an en­vi­able roll call of driv­ers in­clud­ing Craig Lown­des, Mark Skaife, Garth Tan­der and even Peter Brock who ul­ti­mately re­turned to the Holden fac­tory fold.

Since that first SV88 rolled out of the Not­ting Hill fac­tor y in 1988, over 85,000 Hold­ens have ben­e­fit­ted from the spe­cial en­hance­ment that is HSV’s stock-in-trade.

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