HSV has announced the 1000th Chevrolet Camaro has been converted to right-hand drive at its Clayton factory, where the former fast-Commodore-maker now imports and converts GM products as well as ‘hotting-up’ the Holden Colorado to create the SportsCat.
The 1000th car is a ‘Red Hot’ Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which is bound for a HSV dealer on the northside of Melbourne - Ralph D’Silva HSV.
HSV managing director Tim Jackson, who predicted a build number of “anywhere between 1000-3000 units per year,” says the 1000th Camaro is an important marker for the company.
“It’s been a whirlwind 18 months for HSV and, as a team, we recognise this significant milestone with real pride,” says Jackson.
The car, which will come with a certificate of authenticity from HSV, hasn’t yet been sold at time of publish.
As a ZL1, the 1000th HSV-engineered Camaro will be powered by a 477kW 6.2-litre LT4 V8, aided by a 2.3-litre Roots supercharger running 9.4psi.
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It’ll also cost the eventual buyer upwards of $159,990, depending on the dealer’s driveaway pricing.
HSV’s 1000th build comes as its closest rival, the Ford Mustang, recorded 2442 sales so far in 2019 at last count, averaging 407 units per month.
HSV has told MOTOR in the past it doesn’t see Mustang as a direct rival, but is more interested in meeting its own targets.
“Certainly, the traditional [Mustang] buyer will be interested… given the nature of the product,” Jackson revealed in a 2018 interview.
“If you look at the two-door sports sedan market, obviously Mustang’s had a pretty big impact there.
“But we haven’t set up to go after Mustang. We’re focused on the fact that within [Camaro’s] competitive set, it’s an exciting product on its own.”