Rare #001 Holden Classic Sells for $1M at Auction

A 1996 HSV VS GTSR has broken an auction record for its model on Saturday selling under the hammer for $1 million.

Build #001 off the production line, still wrapped in its original plastic and with only 86kms on the vehicle was accepting online bids for nearly two weeks prior on the Lloyds Auctions website where the bids fiercely roared igniting the competition between bidders come auction day.

“This classic is incredibly hard to find for Holden enthusiasts, it is 1 of 85 ever built, rarer than the 2 door A9X Torana and it has had only 86kms on it since 1996, which is equivalent to less than 6km per year since its make,” said Mr. Lee Hames, Chief Operating Officer for Lloyds Auctions.

“Because of its collectability and the interest we have had on the vehicle since its publish we are not surprised this vehicle achieved 7 figures,” Mr. Hames continued.

This Holden wasn’t the only rare model to go under the hammer on Saturday as it was alongside a collection of extremely rare 1 of 1 Holdens which also achieved record prices.

HSV GTSR W1 4 Door Build #017 sold to a Holden enthusiast for $750,000 whilst a HSV GTSR W1 Maloo Ute reached a hammer price of $1,250,000 but went into negotiations expected to sell in the coming days.

“Just 9 months ago we saw a W1 Maloo Ute achieve 7 figures at auction alongside a high 6 figure amount for a W1 Sedan and 9 months later they have held if not increased in value and we expect this trend to continue,” said Mr. Lee Hames.

However, in the end it was Ford that took the top honours for the auction. Although negotiations on the W1 Ute that got passed in are expected to exceed the Fords record.

The rare Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III in Yellow Glo sold for $1.3 million whilst the NFT Classic Car art model of this exact Phase III followed directly after its sale selling for over $50,000.

Matt Kalinski

Head Of Valuations

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Matt has been in the valuations space for many years and has extensive experience in the space across an abundance of various industries. He now leads the valuations teams for Lloyds Auctions with a passion for encouraging his team to set and achieve high goals and produce great results for the company whilst growing the team’s skills starting with a great culture and team mindset.