2018 Shannons Sydney Classic Auction in Conjunction with the Hot Rod & Custom Auto Expo

1971 Holden LC Torana GTR 2-Door Sedan




Engine In-line 6-cylinder, 186-cid (see text)
Gearbox 4-speed manual
Body Work Sedan
Colour Yellow Dolly
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel Disc
Brakes Discs/Drums


This lot is no longer available

Holden introduced the LC Torana in October 1969 as a substantial revision of the HB, turning what had essentially been a re-badged Vauxhall Viva into a truly Australian car.  Available with both four and six-cylinder engines (the larger-engined models built a longer 100-inch wheelbase platform) and in two or four-door body styles, the new Torana was a particularly handsome design.  Holden’s latest was awarded Wheels magazine’s coveted Car of the Year prize for 1969 and quickly became the best selling car in its class.  The model line-up consisted of the S, SL and performance-oriented GTR variants, the latter only sold in two-door guise, with GM-H’s more powerful in-line six under the bonnet.  Boasting a new cylinder head, twin exhaust manifolds, a revised air cleaner and other modifications, the GTR’s 161-cid engine was fed by two-barrel Stromberg carby and had a maximum power rating of 125 bhp at 4800 rpm.  As a package, the GTR was the Torana’s equivalent of the Monaro 186S GTS, using the same the Opel-sourced four-speed manual gearbox and front disc brakes, plus heavy-duty suspension, including a front anti-roll bar.  Priced at $2,778, the GTR also came with full instrumentation, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, unique wheel covers and a range of bold colours.  Just 6,610 LC GTRs were made and with few survivors on the road today, they remain amongst the rarest and most collectible Torana variants.