The name Torana comes from an Aboriginal word meaning “to fly” and didn’t they fulfill that in every motor sport that they entered.
Holden tried a mid sized V8 powered vehicle in the mid 70’s Touring car racing, after great success with the smaller LC/LJ range previously
and its Legendary winning driver Peter (Perfect) Brock. In 1974 with the LH range they released a new alternative, the V8 powered, SL/R 5000
Torana which came to be the weapon of choice for Touring car racing dominance and Bathurst wins throughout the 70’s. The Legend was Born!
Peter Brock won the last 2 races of the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1974 driving an LH SL/R 5000, after starting the season
in an LJ GTR XU1. He won the Season Championship that year and Colin Bond followed up winning it the following year driving a Holden
Torana SLR 5000 L/34. In 1975 & 1976 the LH SL/R 5000 L/34 also won Bathurst, which is Australia’s largest Motor Race.
What a great start to the new larger, V8 Torana’s racing career!
This Genuine Matching Numbers 1975 LH SL/R 5000 Torana on display comes with a rare and cool history.
It was built in South East Melbourne, being Dandenong, Victoria and was sold new at J.P Holden in Wonthaggi, S/E Vic.
It has had just 2 caring owners over its long life span, both from Gippsland, S/E Victoria and who are also related as cousins.
The car is now located in Narre Warren North, S/E Melbourne, Victoria, just 8km from its place of birth and ownership has never left the South East
of the state. Add to that, this vehicle is mostly unrestored and original, having only a good quality respray, engine freshen up (original spec) and new
carpet 17 years ago. Everything else from full interior, glass, chrome, stainless, lights, grill, trims & running gear is all Original still.
When first seeing the stunning Silver and Black SL/R you get confused, because it looks like a full resto car at first. But look a little further and you
notice character such as wear to the drivers seat right hand bolster, wear to the grain on the steering wheel, light stains on the Herringbone inserts,
swirls and scuffs on the original chrome bumpers and then question yourself “could this be an all original car with a paint job after 46 long years?”
The answer is Yes. The car has been cherished and garaged by its 2 farmer owners. It never got rusty, never had a big accident, never been stripped
and modified, never been abused and destroyed. The younger cousin (now almost 60) purchased the SL/R 21 years ago when it was 25 years old.
After a few years he decided to do the tidy up, which consisted of a good quality, bare metal respray, engine freshen up and new carpet as mentioned.
The panel shop was more then happy when they stripped the paint back after seeing just a bubble or 2 of rust at the bottom of the front guards and a
perfect, straight body. This shows still as the panels are gun barrel straight, the doors close with a light swing, the gaps are very good and there
are no cracks, bubbles or shrinkage 17 years on. Some rubbers were replaced at the time of the paint and panel job. All original components were then
bolted and attached back to the car. The factory paint (15947) Satin Mist Metallic with factory Black outs looks great in the modern 2pac paint.
The Original (18X) Slate Black Interior with Herringbone cloth inserts was too good to consider replacing and 20 years ago it was decided to continue
to care for it and keep it in tact and original. It does of course show some wear as described earlier, but is amazing for 46 years old and having
traveled a Genuine 197,000 km’s as a family car. You can see the drivers side map pocket has been stretch over the decades, but thankfully by
a wallet and maybe a map, but not a Melway.
New front seat belts were added this century, but again, the originals have been kept and are included. In the early 80’s a cassette player was installed,
but no new speaker holes were added and the front door trims and parcel shelf are still rare virgins. (The original radio was kept and comes with the vehicle.)
Around the time of the stereo install the SL/R received its only modification, which was L/34 flares to fit huge 265 & 245 Yokohama tyres on the Alloy Hotwire
mag wheels for that famous, aggressive race car appearance.
The car still has the original dealer sticker on the rear window, number plates and a fresh set of personalised copies which will be included for Vic buyers if needed.
The LH still has the original, rare rectangular headlights which were usually replaced to round for the L/34 or LX look. It does not have extractors fitted,
nor other Performance modifications. The engine was stripped down, checked, replaced with any parts needed to factory spec, then sealed and painted
in the original colours 17 years ago. It still runs perfectly and has apparently only travelled 10,000km since the freshen up.
Like the rest of the floor pan, the boot area is solid and dry. It has the original rubber boot mat, spare wheel restraint and jack.
Genuine, Matching numbers SL/R 5000’s rarely ever come up for sale, even with the big players in Aussie Muscle Cars Sales.
Let alone a mostly original, 1 family owned, unmolested example in Excellent condition.
With an LH SL/R 5000 L/34 in similar, original condition hitting $350k and good Replica SL/R 5000’s selling for $130k,
we believe this rare find to be good value in the current market.
With Australian Muscle Cars appreciating faster then houses, this could be a great future investment for you and your family, let alone the
decades of joy that it will bring.
*There is a Holden Verification letter included
*Professional inspections are welcome
*Enclosed show car freight can be organised Australia wide
*Contact us with any Genuine inquiry
*The rear was lowered 1.5″ for photo shoot, but now lifted back up