2019 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction
Lot
44

1972 Holden LJ Torana Sedan 355ci V8 (Modified)

$50,000 - $60,000

No Reserve

Specifications

Engine 355ci Holden V8 Stroker
Gearbox Turbo 350 auto full manual shift
Engine No. SV0604753
Chassis No. ALJ03329B
Body Work 4 Door sedan
Colour Metallic Blue
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels USA Weld alloys
Brakes Disc/Disc

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Description

The LJ Torana was introduced in February 1972 and remained in production until March 1974, with some 81,453 examples rolling off the production lines at Acacia Ridge, Brisbane and Elizabeth, Adelaide in this period. A facelifted version of the previous LC model, the LJ had revised suspension and improved sound deadening and was offered in either two or four door configurations. The buyer had a choice of engines ranging from 1200cc, 1600cc or 1760cc four-cylinder units through to the 2250cc, 2850cc and 3300cc six-cylinder engines that could be teamed with either a three-speed column shift manual, a four-speed floor-mounted manual or the three-speed GM Trimatic automatic. The SL, or Super Luxury, version only came in six-cylinder guise and offered luxuries like woodgrain facia, full carpeting, buckets seats with front headrests and even a cigarette lighter. The LJ Torana - in GTR XU-1 guise - was Holden's main weapon at Mount Panorama and Peter Brock scored a memorable win against the bruising Falcon GT-HOs in the Hardie-Ferodo 500 in 1972.

History

  • Highly modified street car
  • Engineer’s certificate
  • 570hp at the flywheel
  • Full Victorian registration
  • An absolute one-off
It’s not often that a car can be summed up by its registration plate, but this LJ-model Holden Torana certainly can. ‘HELLJ8’ says it all … it’s a highly-modified street car powered by a 355 Stroker Holden V8, putting out a very strong 570 hp at the flywheel. All that horsepower is developed thanks to ported C.O.M.E VN racing heads, a Harrop intake manifold, Holley carby and fuel pump, MSD electronic ignition, and a four into one custom exhaust with twin 3-inch pipes including a cross pipe. Handling all of this is a fully engineered chassis with full chassis kit, mini tubbed rear and a roll cage for both strength and safety. The transmission is a fully manualised Turbo 350 automatic with Pro Ratchet shifter and the rear end is a hardcore Ford 9 inch with Mark Williams axles. The debadged body, which is stock externally except for the reverse cowl air intake on the bonnet and stretched rear arches, is finished in an attractive metallic blue which remains in good condition. The interior too is largely as originally made by Holden, in black vinyl and buckets up front, but with an XU-1 steering wheel and extra Autometer gauges. All of it is also in nice condition. Under the guards are a set of  15in USA Weld Beadlock alloy wheels, plus there’s a 60-litre fuel cell for safety and the battery is mounted in the boot for better weight distribution. An absolute one-off, this LJ Torana street machine is a serious bit of kit that more than lives up to its numberplate. The Torana comes with an Engineer’s certificate and is currently on full Victorian registration. However it will be offered for sale unregistered and with no reserve. 
 
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.
 
 

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