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HSV builds final Grange

By Scott Newman, 04 Nov 2016 News

HSV builds final Grange

Final hot limo leaves the production line

After 20 years of production, HSV has built its final long-wheelbase Grange model.

The final car is number 50 in its limited-edition run of 'Grange SV' models, which wear gloss black 20-inch 'Rapier' rims, shadow chrome exhaust tips and various exterior trims pieces all finished in black.

Painted in Nitrate (silver), the car wears a special build plate stating that it's the last of its kind, finished on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Final HSV Grange build plateAn HSV spokesman confirmed that the car has been pre-sold to a customer through Metro HSV in Adelaide, telling MOTOR: "Hopefully i'll be a great drive and a wise investment."

The Grange first appeared in October 1996 as part of the VS Series II range, available with HSV's 185kW 5.0-litre V8 or 215kW 5.7-litre stroker and a four-speed automatic as the only transmission option.

It has been a fixture of HSV's line-up ever since, all the way through to the current Gen-F2, which is powered by the 340kW/570Nm version of GM's LS3 V8, mated to a six-speed automatic.

HSV Grange SVWhile Ford's Fairlane ceased production in December 2007, Holden has remained committed to the long-wheelbase cause, with HSV's sports limo attracting a small but loyal band of buyers.

Holden will reveal its own sports-luxury farewell model, the Director, early in 2017, while HSV is expected to farewell the Commodore with the monstrous 476kW GTS-R W1.

The Walkinshaw Group recently announced it will move facilities, signing a 15-year lease on a larger premises in Clayton South, Victoria, consolidating its many interests under the one roof.