Abandoned Holden Torana barn find going to auction

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Words: Matthew Hansen
2 Sep 2020

Think about all the achievements humankind has experienced since 1985. The World Wide Web, the mobile phone, that Magic Bullet blender thing always on television.

Amazing to think that, through that entire period, this classic Holden has been sat in the corner of a building in a little New South Wales country town called West Wyalong.

In 1985, this Holden Torana GTR was traded in at Aberlines Ford for the princely sum of AU$900. Then, for reasons that will probably remain unknown, it was tucked away in the back corner of the dealership to gather dust for almost 35 years. Thankfully, it’s now up for auction.

This generation of Torana is best known for being the car in which Peter Brock scored his first Bathurst victory in 1972. It was the last of the 500 mile races at Mount Panorama, and the last time anyone won ‘The Great Race’ solo.

The Torana’s 3.3-litre inline six couldn’t compete with the V8 in Ford’s XY GT-HO down the straights, but the Torana platform was far quicker through the bends over the top of the mountain.

Those historic ties and the natural rising prices of Australian muscle cars mean that a GTR in good condition can be worth around AU$100,000 ($110,000) today.

You’d think that keeping a car like this stowed away in this manner would effectively be a death sentence. But the little Torana appears to be in half decent shape apart from its thick sheen of dirt.

No proper appraisal of its condition has been done yet, but it’s hard to spot any rust and the black leather and vinyl interior looks to have stood the test of time nicely.

Auctioneers Burns & Co have confirmed that the car is ‘numbers matching’, and have certified that its 86,000km indicated on the odometer is authentic. When it goes under the hammer in October 2021, it will be sold with no reserve.

The Torana is one of five notable cars going up for auction from the Aberlines Ford collection. There’s also an equally dusty soft-top Volkswagen Beetle, a 1961 Tank Ford Fairlane (which has also been at the dealership since the mid-1980s), a Marcos Ambrose edition Ford BA Falcon Devil R, and a manual Ford Falcon FG-X ute.



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