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Holden V8 253/308 - The Great All Aussie V8

Holden V8 253/308 - The Great All Aussie V8

Thanks to Hypoformance Race Engines & Engineering in Gosford for letting me measure this up.


See PRODUCT INFO below for what's included in this kit.


Photos of resin products are 1:25.  They look even better at 1:18!!


PLEASE NOTE: NORMAL MODEL GLUE DOES NOT WORK WITH 3D PRINT RESIN.  We recommend  ICKYSTICKY CA Glues as we've found they are superior to other CA glues.  To make it easy, we have them in stock.


The Holden 253 V8 was initially developed in Australia as part of the Hurricane Concept car in the mid 1960's.  The common myth is that this engine was a revised version of the GM (Chev), however the 253 was fully developed in Australia by Holden and didn't follow the trends in V8's at the time.  It was lighter, smaller than the Chev's (to fit into the tighter engine bays of the Holdens at the time),  and cheaper to build, borrowing parts from the straight 6 engines.  It was also developed to be bored out to produce the higher capacity 308 variant.  It was intended to be available in '68 with the launch of the HK Holden, but came the following year in the HT.  The V8 engine also appeared from 1971 in the Statesman range.  Initially both the 253 and 308 were offered across the Statesman range but after the HJ the 253 was dropped and the 308 was standard for the HX, HZ and WB.  In 1974, both the 253 and 308 engines were added to the Torana range for the first time in the LH series.  The engines were also offered on the revised LX released in 1976, which from July of that year saw emission-controlled versions of the 'Red' engines introduced to comply with the new ADR27A regulations on fuel and exhaust emissions.  The V8 was dropped as an option in the final model in the Torana UC series in 1978.  In 1978 with the introduction of the new smaller Commodore, the final versions of the 'Red' 253 and 308 were available with the initial VB. In 1980 the revised VC saw the introduction of the revised 'Blue' series of engines, available in both capacities.  This continued through to the VH in 1982.  The VC also saw the introduction of high-performance versions of engine in limited-edition vehicles produced in partnership with Peter Brock's Holden Dealer Team (HDT).  Various models subsequently appeared through to the VL range in 1987.  With the release of the 'Black' engine in the VK Commodore in 1984, the 253 was dropped as an option and the 308 was the only capacity of the V8 now available in the Commodore. However, the smaller engine continued to be available in the Holden WB commercial vehicles.  In 1985, a destroked version of the 308, known as the 4.9L or 304, was introduced to allow the VK to compete with a lower minimum weight (1325kg, a saving of 75kg) under the 4501-5000cc regulations of Group A touring car racing.  In 1988 fuel injection appeared for the first time on a Holden V8 engine, on the VL Commodore SS Group A produced by Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), Holden's new performance partnership with British-based Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR); however, this was not a standard production engine, which still continued to feature a carburettor. Later that year the VN introduced the 5000i engine with new cylinder heads and multi-point fuel injection which represented the most extensive redesign of the standard production Holden V8 since its launch in 1969. This engine continued in all subsequent Commodores until 1999 (2000 for the VS Series III Ute), when it was replaced by the US-made all-alloy Gen III LS1 5.7L V8 in the VT Series II.


This Kit is an accurate representation of the Holden V8 253/308 Motor.  All parts are separated for ease of painting.


  • Block
  • Rocker covers
  • Heads
  • Sumps (KTG, Commodore)
  • Timing cover, water pump, fuel pump as one piece
  • Starter motor
  • Alternator
  • Harmonic balance
  • Factory air filter
  • Chrome air filter
  • Oil filter
  • Intake manifold
  • Rochester Quadrajet 4MV carburettor
  • Factory exhaust manifolds
  • Cooling fan and pulley


In all, 17 parts.  The kit requires removal of parts from their print supports, sanding, and clean up.

These kits are made to order, so handling time of 1 week minimum is required.

PriceFrom $29.95

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