Trevor Collett | Jun 7, 2016

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) is celebrating this week, having signed off on its 85,000th vehicle.

The occasion was marked with a blue GEN-F2 ClubSport R8 LSA, which is headed to one of HSV’s oldest dealerships - Garry And Warren Smith in Oakleigh, Victoria.

The buyer of Number 85,000 will be made aware of the fact via a unique build plate, along with a letter of authenticity from HSV Managing Director, Tim Jackson.

That buyer is yet to be determined, as the vehicle was ‘unsold’ when HSV made the announcement.

“From humble beginnings at our Notting Hill production facility in 1987, with just three employees, a single desk, two chairs and one telephone, to the production of our 85,000th vehicle, we are constantly reminded of the dedication and passion our employees, dealers and owners continue to show,” Mr Jackson said.

“This is a milestone that can be proudly shared by them all.”

1996 HSV GTS-R
1996 HSV GTS-R

It took HSV four years to crank out its first 5000 vehicles, with number 5000 based on the VN Commodore of 1991.

A Senator from 1997 was number 20,000, while numbers 40,000, 50,000 and 75,000 were all HSV ClubSports arriving in 2003, 2006 and 2013 respectively.

Less than two years has passed since number 80,000 rolled off the production line, which was a ClubSport R8 arriving in September 2014.

The celebratory news follows news of a different kind from HSV last week, as the performance tuner announced a trio of limited edition models to signify the end of naturally-aspirated 6.2 litre LS3 V8 availability.

As for number 90,000, the well-publicised end to local Holden Commodore production in 2017 could see the next milestone arrive sooner rather than later, as fans scramble to secure one last locally-built Commodore with HSV treatment while they still can.

Beyond 2017, HSV has vowed to continue with its operation in Australia but it remains unclear as to which vehicles will wear HSV badges in the future.

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