Holden Special Vehicles turns 30 this year, and we're currently working on a special issue to commemorate this occasion.
Until then, here are our picks for the three coolest HSVs; not necessarily the fastest or the best, but ones that will earn a subtle nod of appreciation from those in the know. Disagree? Let us know in the comments below.
1. 1988 HSV SV88
A little-known machine, the Calais-based SV88 was a very different proposition to the 'Plastic Pig', the wildly-winged VL Walkinshaw. Just 150 were built, powered by a 136kW/355Nm 5.0-litre V8. The two cars established HSV's twin pillars of extrovert performance and subtle luxury from a very early stage.
2. 2000 HSV VT II GTS 300
A landmark Aussie car, yet unless you really knew what you were looking for, the HSV VT II GTS 300 could easily pass as a humble Clubsport. Under the bonnet, though, lurked the Callaway C4B, a high-output version of the Gen III producing 310kW/510Nm, unheard-of stonk for an Aussie car at the time. It took on the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG at the Nurburgring Nordschleife - and won.
3. 2002 HSV GTS COUPE
The 300kW engine also made its way into HSV's flagship GTS Coupe. Upon its release there was no car on sale in Australia that would attract more attention than a bright yellow Holden two-door. Monaro fever was running hot, but HSV dropped the "unsophisticated" badge, deemed unsuitable for its wealthier, more discerning clientele. It wasn't just a pretty face either, with revised steering and a bespoke suspension tune.