1975 Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 Sedan
|Interior||Grey & black|
Launched in March 1974, the LH Torana was a significant car for Holden on a number of levels. The first Australian designed and built mid-sized sedan, the LH was closer in size to the new HQ than the previous, smaller LC/LJ Toranas and better suited the local conditions as a result. The new LH also proved itself a worthy opponent on the racetrack, taking on and ultimately defeating the big Fords at Bathurst. Well received by the critics and public alike the new Torana was available with an extensive choice of engine, transmission and trim levels, from the base 'S' model through to the ultimate high performance package, badged the SL/R (which stood for Sport Luxury/Racing). Replacing the outgoing XU-1, the SL/R was fitted with a 3.3-litre six as standard, while buyers looking for more grunt were able to specify either of the two V8s available (4.2-litre or 5.0-litre) and all came with a four-speed manual gearbox. Other SL/R features included a blacked-out grille, rear panel, rocker panels and door window trims plus front disc brakes and anti-roll bars front and rear as standard equipment. Along with several interior upgrades, the SL/R was fitted with 13 x 5.5-inch rims. The SL/R 5000 model benefited from front and rear spoilers and decals and the heavy duty M21 four-speed was the only transmission available. The SL/R package provided the basis of the fearsome L34 homologation specials that dominated touring car racing in the mid-1970s, with the likes of Peter Brock and Colin Bond at the wheel, scoring memorable back-to-back wins at Bathurst in 1975-1976. Priced at $4,415 at the time of its release, the SL/R 5000 was one of Holden's most expensive offerings. Few SL/Rs survive in unmolested, original condition and 5-litre cars are particularly sought after.