Rare classic Holden Torana SLR 5000 sells for almost $500,000

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Words: Matthew Hansen
2 Nov 2020

A 1977 Holden Torana SLR 5000 has managed to sell over the weekend for AU$425,000 ($448,000) — making it the latest big-money Australian classic to change hands following a series of high-profile auctions and listings.

Listed by Australian Muscle Car Sales via its Sydney showroom, this was more than just your standard SLR 5000. The barely driven 29,752km Torana was also optioned with what Holden called its A9X package.

Those who followed Australian motorsport from back in the day will be familiar both with the SLR 5000 and A9X nomenclature. The former was the hottest version of the squared-off V8-powered LH Torana that replaced the six-pot LJ, winning the Bathurst 1000 in 1975 and 1976 (1974 was a shoe-in, too, until Peter Brock grenaded his SLR while leading by six laps).

The A9X nameplate, meanwhile, is best known as the name of the two-door hatchback that replaced the SLR 5000 as Holden’s dominant weapon of choice — winning Bathurst with Brock and Jim Richards in 1978 and 1979 (the latter an iconic six-lap victory still fawned over today).

But, A9X was also the name given to an optional performance package available for SLR 5000 models. It included a reverse-cowl bonnet scoop, uprated brakes, new axles, and a heavy-duty differential.

These changes surrounded a capable package. A stubby short wheelbase paired to a 164kW 5.0-litre V8 made the Torrie a formidable touring car, especially when contrasted to the enormous boat-like Ford Falcon XBs and XCs of the period.

Along with its lack of mileage, levels of interest around this Torana also stem from the fact it’s only had four owners in its lifetime (the last of these has had it for 28 years). It also comes with its original log book, owners manual, purchase receipt, and more. Not to mention that it was also a full numbers matching example with an original engine.

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