1977 Holden LX Torana A9X Hatchback
|Gearbox||4 speed manual|
The ultimate Torana, for most Holden enthusiasts, is the homologation special designated the A9X, a code name that evokes one of the greatest eras for fans of the General in touring car racing. Built in limited numbers - just 100 hatchbacks were made plus 33 GMP&A lightweight shells - the A9X option was available on both the SL/R 5000 sedan and SS hatchback LX Torana's but was an entirely different beast to either of these road cars. The floor pan was unique, thanks to the Salisbury rear end and rear disc brakes while other changes included the steering gear that was bolted directly to the platform, a 3.08 diff (with the 2.6 optional), front spoiler with brake cooling ducts, and a bonnet featuring a large reverse airscoop - just a few of the 100 or so differences that set an A9X apart from a standard LX Torana. Having homologated these parts with C.A.M.S, Holden cleaned up on the track each year from 1977 through to 1979 before the A9X was retired upon the introduction of the Commodore in 1980. Under the bonnet, Holden employed the L31 5-litre V8 mated to the usual M21 four-speed gearbox while the interior was stripped of sound deadening and the sedans even lacked a radio - in keeping with the competition oriented nature of the A9X. With Radial Tuned Suspension providing exemplary handling, disc brakes at either end giving superb stopping power and plenty of grunt from the high performance 5-litre V8 engine, critics agreed the A9X made a fabulous road burner. Right from the outset, Holden fans knew the A9X was something special and it has long been sought after by collectors as one of the most iconic of all Aussie muscle cars.