2021 Shannons Winter Timed Online Auction
1970 Holden LC Torana GTR XU-1 Sedan
|Body Work||Two-Door Saloon|
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With the introduction of the LC Torana range in 1969, Harry Firth - then Competitions Manager at Holden - saw the future of The General’s Touring Car racing lay in the smaller, lighter, and ultimately more reliable Torana rather than the big, thirsty Monaros. Based on the sportiest model in the range, the GTR, the new XU-1 had its Bathurst debut in 1970, with three Holden Dealer Team entries and several privateers doing battle with the Falcon GT-HOs. In XU-1 form, the LC and LJ model Torana’s look was improved with a big boot lid spoiler, blackouts and some wild colours (and names) along with a 17-gallon fuel tank. With combined figures of around 3300 XU-1s in both LC and LJ versions, very few original examples remain intact, with most having either been written off years ago or restored from the ground up. Prices of genuine XU-1s have shown rapid appreciation in recent times and this trend looks set to continue, with interest in these iconic muscle cars, with Bathurst-winning heritage, at an all-time high.