The one and only HSV Coupe GTS-R Concept has been sold to one of Australia’s foremost HSV collectors.
Unveiled at the 2004 Sydney International Motor Show, the two-door racer was intended as the ultimate Aussie-made track car, with a 335kW/605Nm 6.0-litre LS2 V8, FIA-spec chromoly rollcage, carbon-ceramic brakes, Ohlins remote-reservoir dampers, wider tracks and lightweight panels.
Sadly, the plan never came to fruition with just the single show car being made, it’s running supposedly limited to a handful of demonstration laps at Phillip Island. The Coupe GTS-R then disappeared for more than a decade before resurfacing for sale at Duttons Garage in late-2016.
Now it’s on the move to one of Australia’s biggest HSV fans, known only as Boomer, where it’ll join VS GTS-R No. 001 and 002, a GTSR W1, the final ever GTS Coupe built, HSV W427 No. 427 and many more of Clayton’s greatest hits.
Speaking exclusively to MOTOR, Boomer described his excitement at purchasing the one-of-one Concept: “I was talking to the guys at HSV and got wind it might be coming up for sale. It’ll be the main piece in the collection.
“My way of thinking is that it’s one-of-one, I’ve got number one and two of the VS [GTS-R] and I’m getting a GTSR ute and GTSR W1 and [the Coupe] was the only other thing they badged GTS-R locally. I’ll have the full set and no one else will be able to have that.”
The Coupe GTS-R is currently on display at HSV before it heads to its new home, so check it out while you still can. You can read the full story about Boomer’s collection in the July 2017 edition of MOTOR magazine.