HSV Coupes used car reviews

On the basis that the latter-day Holden Monaro has emerged as one of the more collectible Holdens, does it follow that the HSV versions of the same cars will follow suit?

After all, the growing pangs of regret now that our home-grown car industry is about to vaporise have seen the values of some Aussie cars increase, while others seem a bit slower to get the hint.

The all-wheel drive HSV Coupe 4 was the least enticing of the performance coupes.

The fact is that not all Australian cars will become sought after, even many years after the industry ceases to be.

But you’d expect halo models like the two-door HSVs to be a better than average bet, right?

Well, maybe, but it’s also true that the Monaro-based HSVs didn’t really capture the public’s imagination like they might have back when they were brand-new.

Perhaps that was some lack of marketing clout, but it could also have been because the basic, Holden-badged version was actually the prettier car.

HSV’s method of making its cars stand out from the Holden pack (on which they were invariably based) was to add a body kit and different wheels.

In the case of the aesthetically pure Monaro, that didn’t actually work.

The HSV rear spoiler, in particular, was a visual sticking point and did nothing to enhance the lines of what started as a very pretty car.