Where's the Torana A9X?

Discussion in '1972 Holden LJ Torana GTR XU1' started by pointman4000, Aug 9, 2002.

  1. As nice as this model is, I would like to see the A9X up on this site.

    240hp 308 V8, production trim
    about 360hp race trim<!-- Signature -->
     
  2. Re: Where's the Torana A9X?

    LAMMER?! =:) where's the oldsmobile aerotech?
     
  3. Re: Where's the Torana A9X?

    The Torana A9X SS Hatchback is probably Holden's most successful single model in motorsport in Australia. In the hands of Peter Brock and Jim Richards it won Bathurst in 1978 by over a lap and they also won the 1979 race by over 6 laps, still the biggest winning margin in the history of the 500mile/1000km race. It also won the 1978 ATCC for Brock and the 1979 ATCC for Bob Morris. Add to that the 1977, 78 & 79 Sandown enduro's for Brock and pole for Brock at the 77, 78 & 79 Bathurst races and you have a very successful motor racing car.

    The road car was also successful and in good trim it is a collectors item and can still fetch a decent price.

    Here is an interesting fact that not many people would know though, Not all A9X SS's that ran at Bathurst were the hatchback. Bob Morris/John Fitzpatrick ran a 4 door version in 1977 as did the John Harvey/Wayne Negus MHDT car. The A9X SS 4 Door is much more rare than the hatchback.
     
  4. Re: Where's the Torana A9X?

    oh god how I adore the A9X ....the quater mile time for the car gave no justice to its actual race performance.
    Wasn't that 1979 bathurst something special with Brocky winning by 6 laps and breaking the lap record on the last lap
     
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    thats right, ill read from V8 bathurst magazine:

    "His opposition had collapsed in a heap to leave Brock an incredible six laps in front. But as the race neared to the end, Brock had no thoughts of basking in the luxury of the huge buffer he had built up. Instead, he decided to try to break the lap record - on the last lap. Without the benefit of todays instant electronic timing systems, few outside of Brock and his crew knew at the time what he had done. But the sheer audacity, the arrogant mastery of Brock ranks that lap record as one of the most amazing achievements in endurance racing anywhere, any time."


    the A9X is one holden I would own <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/emoticons.html"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="http://speed.supercars.net/cboardhtml/emoticons/tongue.gif"></A>
     
  6. Quote: "The A9X SS 4 Door is much more rare than the hatchback."

    Err...no. There were 405 'production' A9X's made. Only 100 were hatchbacks...<A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/wink.gif"></A>

    There was also an extra 'special' batch of 33 'rolling' and 10 'shell-only' hatchbacks produced that were simply stamped 'GMP & A' (General Motors Parts & Accessories) on the compliance plate. These did not have any VIN/chassis numbers, but were stamped 'GMP & A B Forbes' or whatever race team they went to. They were seam welded, had no sound proofing/deadener, rust-proofing and had extra brackets fitted to or deleted from them. They also had 'blind' bolt-holes and nuts fitted to them for roll-cage installation.

    One little known fact with the A9X was, as the race car was holmogolated with the Borg Warner T-10 gearbox, you could order your A9X with such box as a 'dealer-fitted' option. The car would be supplied to the new owner with the gearbox and a new special front section of the transmission tunnel (the normal one could not be used and had to be cut out and replaced), in the boot/hatch and fitted at the dealer, still with full GMH warranty.
     

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