We had a feeling that this car was going to skyrocket in value.
We've known for some time that all of GM and Ford's awesome Australian models would be replaced by rebadged versions of the same boring models the rest of the world has to contend with. But before the Australian auto industry took its final bow, it showed us how awesome it could be with a few special edition HSV models. The flagship model was called the GTSR W1, and it was basically everything we ever wanted from a GM sedan.
The GTSR W1 was essentially the same car as the US Chevy SS, although this car was powered by the supercharged LS9 V8 from the C6 Corvette ZR1. The car produced 635 hp and 601 lb-ft of torque, which went out to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Only 300 examples were built, and one just came up for auction. The car was recently sold by Lloyd's Auctioneers, and the owner made a hefty profit. When it was new, the GTSR W1 was sold for $169,990 in Australian dollars, which is around $130,000 in the US. At auction, the car fetched $250,000, which is around $191,000 in the US.
Once auction fees are applied, the sales price gets closer to around $206,000 in US dollars. That sounds like an insane amount of money to spend on a car that is essentially a rarer, more powerful Chevy SS. This car is number 36 of 300 and only has 13 miles on the odometer. It's also painted in Sting Red, which is a fantastic color to have. According to the auction report, the car was sold unregistered, so it was essentially a new car. This is definitely high up on the list of coolest cars that have eve come out of Australia, and we'd love to buy one now before they become a true collector's item.