This guide has been written for the Holden VP series HSV GTS, a limited edition model introduced to compete with high-end touring sedans including at the time the anticipated EB Falcon GT. [Reference: HSV - Julie Thompson p.69, and wheels magazine article 1992, page 36] Classic Register also maintains an unofficial HSV VP GTS register here, and we encourage people to upload their cars, or provide any additional information they may have on the cars listed.
The GTS was based on the Commodore Berlina, [Reference: HSV - Julie Thompson p.69, and wheels magazine article 1992, page 36] which were built in Holden’s Elizabeth plant in South Australia, before being taken off the production line and finished in HSVs Notting Hill plant in Victoria. The GTS inherited many features from the VN Group A SS, and was the most powerful HSV available at the time, with a price tag of $53,750 (AUD) on release.[Reference: HSV - Julie Thompson p.69, and wheels magazine article 1992, page 36] These specifications have made the GTS a desirable modern classic among early HSVs.
Released September 1992 – production ending December 1992 [Reference: HSV - Julie Thompson p.69]
130 individually numbered vehicles were produced.[Reference: HSV - Julie Thompson p.69] Several pre-production and press vehicles are believed to have been developed, with one example appearing in 'Commodore Crazy Magazine' during the 1990s. Please contact us if you have more information about the pre-production cars.
The VP GTS was available in three trim options:
Three colour options were available for the VP GTS as shown in the table below. The paint code is located on the vehicle's build plate on the firewall.
The VP GTS was sprayed in the HSV colours whilst on the Holden's production line, before being provided to HSV for modification. Holden used an acrylic Laquor paint, however, the bumpers, sills and spoilers were painted at the HSV factory in a 2-pack formula.
|Colour name||Colour code||Number built|
VIN / chassis plate
The VIN plate features the manufacturing date long with the unique 17-digit VIN number. The VIN plate is located on the passenger's side firewall in the engine bay, as indicated in the first image. The 17-digit VIN for the GTS is stamped into this plate, and also appears underneath the passenger's side windscreen. The VIN is decoded per the below table:
|6||L||Trim level - Berlina|
|7-8||19||Body style - Sedan|
|9||U||Engine - V8|
|10||P||Year - 1992|
|11||L||Assembly plant - Elizabeth|
|12-17||######||Unique 6-digit chassis number|
Vehicle data plate
The vehicle data plate is fixed to the driver's side firewall in the engine bay. The following codes listed in the table below should be listed on the data plate. We note that further information is required regarding trim code 231, and whether or not the rare 6-speed manual vehicles had a manual transmission code reflected on their data plate.
|Body||VP8VL19-224||First 7-digits designate "Berlina", "224" designates GTS|
|Trim||231||This trim code applies to all GTS cars irrespective of trim applied.|
Maranello Red; or
Alaskan White; or
|Built||Month/Year||The month and year of manufacture.|
Manual (although we note that we have not sighted the chassis plate of the rare manual vehicles)
|Axle||GW6||3.27:1 diff ratio|
|A/C||C61||Front air conditioning control, code = c61|
The HSV build plate is fitted to the driver's side firewall in the vehicle's engine bay.
The build plate contains the car's unique build number (out of 130), states the model (GTS), and confirms the HSV build date.
The same build number provided on the HSV build plate should appear on the dashboard build number badge, as shown in the images.
The VP GTS will have a unique 6-digit engine serial number, prefixed by the letters "VK". The serial number is located on the front passenger side of the engine block, at the top edge, on the flat surface (where the head meets the block). See the images for a better understanding of the serial number location.
The block will also have a 5.0L casting mark on the driver's side of the engine block, however, this is difficult to see without the block removed.
Wheels and tyres:
The above is published in [Wheels Magazine 1992, page 37]
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