After the great response to the Genuine SS Torana Hatchback sale we thought we’ll stay on track with yet another Beautiful Lone O’Ranger Torana.
Only this time the big brother vehicle. In age only, not size of course.. Here we have the Classic Holden LC GTR Torana!
The LC Torana range was released in 1969 to compete in the mid-sized car market here in Australia. It was as instant success,
winning the Wheels Magazine, Car of the Year award on its debut year in 1969. The smaller body car with the big six cylinder engine made a great
power to weight ratio vehicle. It was thought to be so promising that 1 year after its release the newly formed Holden Dealer Team (HDT) and Manager,
Harry Firth decided to drop the full sized GTS 350 Monaro’s from Racing duties and let the smaller LC GTR XU1 Torana now represent Holden in the
Touring Car Championship with two relatively unknown drivers in Colin Bond and future HDT racing legend Peter (Perfect) Brock.
This particular LC GTR on display here is a very early build, being February 1970. It is a Melbourne built car and is a Genuine tagged GTR Torana
owned by just 2 owners over the last 3 decades. It has been a rarely driven, weekender for all of this time and the great original, rust free body
and original parts demonstrate this.
The car was built with Daytona Bronze paint and Antique Gold Trim. A very cool combo itself in current times, however in the 80’s or 90’s, a previous
owner chose to go the far more flamboyant colour scheme of Lone O’Ranger with Black trim. This colour scheme looked so good that although the
following owners wanted an unmodified LC GTR, they decided to stick with the wild Orange and Black combination. Apart from the colour and some neat,
hidden retractable front seat belts this car has been kept to the original LC GTR, Holden specs.
It still runs the original 1970 model, 2600S engine, which was completely rebuilt around 8000km’s ago in 2009, to the factory specs.
The original Opel 4 speed is still in place and changes smooth throughout all gear selections. The 3.08 diff ratio was changed to 2.78, however the
original diff was kept and comes with the car. The car runs a factory spec exhaust with the very cool twin dumper tail pipes as used on the GTR.
Mechanically everything has been serviced or rebuilt as close to factory specs as possible and the car drives as it would have in 1969, requiring
no current maintenance. The engine bay itself is as period correct as currently possible. It’s as if someone has turned back time and you are
viewing this bay 5 decades ago in more simple times.
Although the car was already Orange and in excellent condition 20 years ago when the current owner bought it, being the fussy man that he is,
it was decided to go back to bare metal and a complete body, rotisserie restoration was performed in 2009 whilst the engine was out for the freshen up.
Just 2 small rust holes were found beneath the paint at this time and 90 percent of all the bolt ons including complete interior were fitted back
up to the car with just a few new parts like badges added to perfect this GTR.
The boot still has the original spare wheel and boot mat although it has new paint throughout. The undercarriage presents like the rest of the car
in clean, original condition. The Glass, stainless, grill, lights, body, paint, etc are also in excellent condition.
The Torana rolls on immaculate GTR wheels with as new tyres, but also comes with a full set of 5, as new sprint masters in 13 x 7” for the more sporty look.
This car is only being considered for sale as it is part of a changing private car collection and rarely sees the bitumen over the last decade.
It is the perfect show piece for any great Australian Classic car collection and is rocketing up in value as the almighty Holden brand slowly disappears,
but the model name Torana will be etched into Australian History forever and never forgotten.