An auction house in Perth is giving you the opportunity to purchase a 2017 HSV GTSR W1, but there’s a catch.

    The HSV will go under the hammer on Tuesday, January 23.

    The catch is the vehicle was involved in an accident and sustained enough damage for the insurer to take the vehicle.

    The shiny orange HSV has “medium” damage on its left side including the front fender, bonnet, and passenger side door. The vehicle has sustained damage consistent with hitting a pole or something similar based on its bend and scratches.

    Based on the auction ad, the vehicle also has “light” impact damage up front, while a couple of its airbags deployed, and its interior has been partially dismantled.

    The side and curtain airbags where deployed in the accident and the clutch medal appears to broken off.

    Its unclear how much the vehicle is expected to fetch at auction, though a different HSV GTSR W1 – in considerably better condition – recently sold for $362,888.

    Sold new for $169,990 before on-road costs, this W1 was significantly cheaper than the XU3 Yellah example sold for $750,000 before buyer’s premium in 2021 – and the $1,050,000 price paid for a super-rare Maloo GTSR W1 ute.

    A quick scan of the classifieds reveals a range of W1s listed for between $300,000 and $520,000. The price history of one of those cars shows its price dropped by $46,000 since being listed, while another had its cut by a whopping $103,000.

    Holden managed to convince General Motors (GM) to restart production of the LS9 V8 engine to accommodate the W1 build program. It managed to get GM to produce 300 LS9 engines to cover the production run, plus a handful of spares to accommodate damaged or crashed vehicles.

    The LS9 was last used in the C6 Corvette ZR1 and is a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 producing 474kW of power and 815Nm of torque. It’s mated exclusively to a six-speed manual Tremec TR6060 close-ratio gearbox.

    Jade Credentino

    Jade Credentino is an automotive journalist currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Jade has had a chance to review a variety of vehicles and particularly enjoys SUVs. She enjoys traveling and going on road trips exploring Australia.

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