This guide has been written for the Holden VP series HSV GTS, a limited edition model being the first GTS badged car built by HSV. 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, 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] These specifications have made the GTS a desirable modern classic among early HSVs.

 

Production period:

Released September 1992 – production ending December 1992 [Reference: HSV - Julie Thompson p.69]

 

Production Numbers:

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.

Exterior features - HSV VP GTS
  • The body kit was based closely on that fitted to the VN Commodore SS Group A SV This included the front and rear bumpers, forward front wheel arch trim and side skirts. The front grille and boot spoiler were the same as fitted to the HSV Senator 5000i.
  • 17 X 8 inch 5-spoke ROH alloy wheels were fitted, originally wrapped in 235/45 ZR17 Pirelli P-Zero tyres. These wheels were shared with the VP Clubsport model. The casting marks on the rims were as follows:
    • PN 10B-251903
    • ROH
    • "Holden Special Vehicle" and "made in Australia" stamped on the back of the rim
  • The centre caps on wheels built up to September / October 1992 had twin red lunes running around the outside of the HSV logo. These red lines were absent on centre caps of later vehicles. Examples of both are provided in the images.
  • Unique GTS decals were applied to the passenger side of the bonnet, along the front and rear doors and the right hand side of the rear bumper.
  • The HSV premium brake package that came standard on the GTS featured 327mm rotors with corvette C4 callipers. Rear brakes were 280mm ventilated discs.
  • Body coloured side mirrors, black plastic side door handles.
  • HSV badge on top left hand side of boot. HSV emblem applied to the centre of the front bonnet above the grille.
  • Berlina spec tail lamps were applied. These had black pin-stripes applied to the full-width epilique and tail lamp lenses, and were slightly darker than the standard Commodore lens.]
  • Twin chrome exhaust tip.

 

 

Interior features - HSV VP GTS

The VP GTS was available in three trim options:

  1. Base trim:
  • Seats: Full cloth HSV Langton front sports seats with blue piping on both the seat backs and squabs. These front seats were the same as Group A VN seats. The rear seat is trimmed in the same cloth, with blue piping. 
  • Centre console: The standard plastic finish console was retained.
  • Standard plastic door trim applied, however, a cloth insert panel with GTS embroidered was applied.
  1. Devonish trim:
  • Seats: Full cloth front sports seats with blue piping applied to the seat backs only. The rear seat is trimmed in the same cloth, with blue piping. The seat squabs applied were of a revised design to the base trim.
  • Centre console: Suede trimmed.
  • Door cards: Suede trimmed with cloth GTS embroidered insert panel applied.
  1. Part-leather Devonish trim:
  • Seats: Front and rear seats were devonish trim with blue leather bolsters. The rear seat and front seat backs had bue piping applied.
  • Centre console: Suede trimmed.
  • Door cards: Suede trimmed with cloth GTS embroidered insert panel applied, and leather trimmed arm rests.
  • 3-spoke HSV badged Momo steering wheel with cluster controls featured around the cluster gauges.
  • GTS build number badge fixed to the passenger-side dashboard.
  • Optional sun-roof.
  • Optional fire-extinguisher.
  • Instrumentation included a digital trip computer,  fuel level, tachometer (5,500rpm redline, 7,000 top), speedometer (220km/h top) and engine temperature. A small HSV symbol was applied to the cluster between the tachometer and speedometer.
  • Other standard features: Cruise control, climate control, central locking, power mirrors and windows and Dolby radio-cassette.
Paint colour options - HSV VP GTS

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
Alaskan White 1J064 TBC
Anthracite Grey 2H036 TBC
Maranello Red 1F075 26
Identification (VIN plate)- HSV VP GTS

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:

Character position Code Meaning
1-3 6H8 Manufacturer identifier
4-5 VP Model identifier
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.

Title Code Meaning
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.
Paint

1F075; or

1J064; or

2H036

Maranello Red; or

Alaskan White; or

Anthracite Grey

Built Month/Year The month and year of manufacture.
Engine LB9 5.0L V8
Trans

MD8; or

M78

Automatic; or

Manual (although we note that we have not sighted the chassis plate of the rare manual vehicles)

Axle GW6 3.27:1 diff ratio
Susp STD  
A/C C61 Front air conditioning control, code = c61 
HSV build plate and number - HSV VP GTS

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 nuumber provided on the HSV build plate should appear on the dashboard build number badge, as shown in the images.

Engine number - HSV VP GTS

The VP GTS will have a unique 6-digit engine serial number. The number is prefixed by the letters VK. The block will also have a 5.0L casting mark on the driver's side of the engine block.

The engine 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 further description.

Mechanical features - HSV VP GTS

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References - HSV VP GTS

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