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Holden considers producing a limited edition run of the Efijy

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Efijy in high demand
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14 September 2007 | Stephen Ottley | Link to Original Article @ Carsguide.au


Holden considers producing a limited edition run of the hero car.

Oil-rich sheiks, mega-millionaire British businessmen and even the brother of Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, are fighting to get their hands on the Holden Efijy.

They have bid millions for the one-off Holden hero car, which has just starred in the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit.

None of the potential buyers has come close to claiming the car, but their interest could spark a plan to build $1 million-plus copies.

GM Holden has officially dismissed the chance of building any extra Efijys beyond the one-off motor show dream machine, but the worldwide interest in the car could lead to a potentially lucrative opportunity to commission a limited production run.

Even so, if Holden gets enough serious offers for the car it could make a viable business case to build the 21st century hot rod in limited numbers with a $1 million price tag.

The exact interest in the car is unclear, but GM Holden executives confirm there have been semi-serious approaches from several people with the cash to splash on an Efijy.

The Tom Walkinshaw organisation has the ability to build copies of the Efijy, through a range of its businesses including Holden Motorsport and Elfin sports cars, and it could be an ideal partner on an Efijy project.

The only Efijy is in the United States where it has been extremely well received and has won numerous awards including the 2007 North American Concept Car of the Year.

According to designer Richard Ferlazzo the Efijy cost Holden more than $1.2 million to build by hand and any potential production versions would carry a similarly large price tag.

Its wicked retro coupe body is built over a stretched Chevrolet Corvette C5 chassis and is powered by a super-charged version of the 6.0-litre V8 engine.
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DO IT!!!!!

And the Sixteen... show 'em that GM is still #1.

Goes to show you how HOT retro can be!

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Goes to show you how HOT retro can be!

If its done right and back up with a decent powertrain.

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The Efigy and the Sixteen could be nice "GM Perception Cars". The true value of these will be all the press and the GM name connected to them in the press. This could be a wise investment for GM if they don't make too many of them.

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If that ever did make it to the USA, I wonder which member would snatch one up first? Hmmmmm :scratchchin:

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I'd buy that thing in a heartbeat if I had the money... It's HAWT!

Now GM; here's what I need you to do... Put an updated (Circa 50's) Oldsmobile logo on the hood and trunk and then BRING 'ER TO AMERICA as a limited 'homage' to our fallen division.

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build it!...and I will cum...COME...sorry!

It would be a nice hero car, as well as the Sixteen. Build em both and show the world what the meaning of CAR is. The Sixteen would put the Maybachs to shame. And the effigy...it is just awesome!

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If its done right and back up with a decent powertrain.

Decent? How 'bout astonishing? For $1.2 million, I'd expect it to be a little more engaging.

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You guys really need to go read the post where I stated how Saturn tried to assimilate the Wilmington plant. Do you really think it's coincidence that these annoncements are happening now within one week of my arrival in Europe? You are not seeing the forest for the trees, but that's a good thing! :AH-HA_wink:

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I'd buy that thing in a heartbeat if I had the money... It's HAWT!

Now GM; here's what I need you to do... Put an updated (Circa 50's) Oldsmobile logo on the hood and trunk and then BRING 'ER TO AMERICA as a limited 'homage' to our fallen division.

Interesting idea FOG. I like it. :thumbsup:

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I was thinking Buick Roadmaster Riviera.... but I like FoG's Olds idea too!!!

It's got late 1930s styling AND it's a hardtop, I've been in love with it since

the first day I saw it. I think I need a cold shower now.

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I must confess, I do not like retro, but this is something else.

This is exceptionally appealing and gorgeous. It's a glorious heritage piece that at least deserves to exist further than just a one-off show car.

And, agreed on the Cadillac Sixteen.

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