Holden Torana SL/R 5000 A9X

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You may recall we looked at some very nice Holden Toranas recently (links below)

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Well, here's their big brother, the awesome SL/R 5000 with the A9X option pack!

A lot of Toranas were "dollied up" with the readily available parts, so it's anybodies guess whether this is a real one or not. If it is, it appears to be the ultimate SL/R, designated the A9X.

An A9X recently sold at auction for $260,000.

Visually resembling the L34-optioned LH Torana, the A9X had a rear-facing bonnet scoop which increased engine bay airflow to allow maximum power in motor racing applications.

The A9X package also had some additional mechanical upgrades including rear disc brakes, heavy-duty axles, and a heavy-duty '10 bolt' differential.

Legendary Peter Brock gave the A9X a dream debut by winning the 1977 Hang Ten 400 at Sandown. At the Bathurst 1000 the same year, Brockie put the Torana onto pole position, but ultimately lost to the dominant Ford Falcons of Allan Moffat and Colin Bond.

Some further improvements allowed the A9X to dominate the next two seasons of touring-car racing in Australia, with drivers Peter Brock and Bob Morris victorious in the 1978 and 1979 Australian Touring Car Championships, respectively, and and A9X shared by Peter Brock and Jim Richards winning the 1978 and 1979 Bathurst 1000's. Demonstrating the A9X's superiority, Brock and Richards won the 1979 race by a record six laps, with Brockie setting the touring-car lap record on the last lap of the race.

Photographed at Coffee 'n' Chrome Morphettville, South Australia - January 2019

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