Trusty Holden

TRUSTY HOLDEN

Trusty Holden

"It isn’t perfect, but she is my pride and joy and I love driving her and [watching] people’s head turn."​

If you’ve ever owned a classic Holden, you’ll know what a sturdy car it proves to be. Karyn Voysey grew up with the trusty Holden, and endearingly calls herself a “Holden girl” through and through. So, what do you do when one of your must-have cars appears for sale on Gumtree? You grab it of course.

EVERYBODY'S KIND OF CAR

It’s the 1970s and Holden has just released a newer version succeeding the existing HK-HT series. The Holden HG was designed with the intention of making refined adjustments based off the specs of its predecessors, which includes a three-speed Tri-Matic automatic transmission; and that means a much shorter acceleration time for drivers.

Being an Australian made car and coupling it with an all new transmission did allow GM-H to be cost efficient while fully maximising local content. Nonetheless, it was still a car that contended well in the market against American imports and many in the country found themselves flocking to get behind its wheel. The HG cabin was revolutionary in the sense that it showed Holden’s willingness to meet market demands for improved passenger safety.

The top of the dash now had a protective layer of crash padding and is significantly sloped away from the passengers’ knees. Three-point front seat belts were installed, and Holden became the first local brand to introduce a collapsible steering column.

LOVE LIVE THE KINGSWOOD

For Karyn Voysey, her love for the Holden spans all the way back to her early childhood days. “My family have always been Holden lovers, so I suppose that’s why I love Holden,” she recalls. “My Dad owned several HT’s when I was younger, so I have always wanted a HK, HT, or HG”. It’s not hard to see why the model was so popular with families of the time. Early television ads celebrated the car as one that’ll give you a run for your money without compromising performance and style. Furnished with 3-seater bench seats both front and back and enclosed in a 4-door sedan body type, there’s plenty of room for everyone on board.

One day in 2017 (and much to Karyn’s delight), a casual browse online turned fruitful when she stumbled across the HG Sedan on Gumtree. The beige and brown colours of the Kingswood belonged to its original design, and so was the leather interior which was preserved in near-perfect condition. This was a pleasant surprise given that it had carried five previous owners, one of them being “a lady who stored it for 20 years”. Karyn did little to restore the HG to its former glory, merely touching up with new venetians, white walls and painted the engine for that new-car feel.

Picture: Near new. Karyn made minor touch-ups to get her Kingswood looking fresh again.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

It’s only been a little over a year since Karyn’s return to the Kingswood, and every drive has been a memorable one. “It isn’t perfect, but she is my pride and joy and I love driving her and [watching] people’s head turn”. Of her more memorable experiences, one of them would be attending her first car show. It was then she realised something for the first time; knowing that she was the one behind the wheel and not just a passenger in someone else’s car.

And what better way to top this off than with the number plate that started it all? Positioned for everyone to see is the exact same number plate her father had all those years ago. She says, “… it makes me feel like he is with me every time I drive her”. We love how Karyn’s story came full circle and how the Holden proved itself once again to be a trustworthy mode of transport.

Pictured: Karyn with her big brother Stephen, standing beside their father’s Holden HT. 

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Vintage Glamour

VINTAGE GLAMOUR

Vintage Glamour

"It makes me feel like a celebrity"

Malcolm Leahy was casually driving past when the gleam from a nearby display window caught his eye. It was coming from an MG showroom and that struck a curiosity urging him to step inside. One thing led to another, and he came out the proud owner of a 1949 MG-YT. The vintage two-door roadster is stunning in its look and feels glamorous to those lucky enough to enjoy a spin, so we can fully understand why Malcolm couldn’t say no to a chance like that.

THE MAKING OF THE Y-TYPE

The idea behind the MG-YT stemmed from the notion of supplementing MG’s M-type, otherwise famously known as the ‘Midget’ (1929-1932), with three sporting saloons of varying sizes and capacities (S, V, and W models). The reception to MG’s sports saloons was very well received that an additional ‘type’ was already in the works, potentially adding another success story under the company’s belt. Plans were made for the YT to make its first-ever appearance at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1939; however, production did not commence until much later, in 1947, due to hostilities just immediately before and after the war. During WWII, much of the country’s expense and focus were directed towards engineering commercial and military vehicles, and so another sports car for personal use was something that had to be put on hold.

BUILT TO IMPRESS

When the time finally came to launch her into the world, the 4-seater tourer enjoyed a warm welcome from the press and public. It sold well in both the local market and abroad, however it didn’t achieve the results MG was hoping for. In fact, other British car manufacturers were also facing similar difficulties in selling the open-tourer versions of their saloons. However so, the car’s aesthetics was something that got people talking.

The interior of the MG-YT was designed with top quality leather furnishings, including the door pockets. The seats were made from Rexine to match with the rest of the interior and the windows were fitted with roller blinds to prevent glare. Despite its age, the interior of Malcolm’s MG is still in immaculate condition since before the time of his purchase. Not much is known about the car’s previous owner(s), except that his predecessor was a Dr Sweet who refurbished the car to what you see here today. 

The steel body of the YT closely resembles the traditional Morris. It’s specially swept tail and rear wings paired with the distinctive vertical chrome front radiator grille flaunt its MG origins. The vibrant berry red coat was painted relatively recent by Dr Sweet, and under the natural light, it never fails to grab the attention of passers-by. Driving down the open road with his partner and furkids, it makes Malcolm happy seeing the [smiles] and waves he gets behind the wheel. He laughs, “it makes me feel like a celebrity”.

1949 MG Y-TYPE

Amongst the latest features built into the YT, the most worthwhile would have to be the engineering of the renowned car designer, Alec Issigonis. For the first time on a British made car, he was able to introduce an independent front suspension system which consisted of a coil spring and wishbone, allowing for wheels to move separately on the same axle. This was a ground-breaking invention of the time as it meant a safer and smoother driving experience. Another revolutionary mechanism applied to the YT was the Jackall hydraulic jacking system. This had already been incorporated in larger pre-war MG saloons and was fitted as standard on the chassis of the YT, with two at the front and two at the rear. This enabled the car to be completely lifted, supplying a more efficient method when a wheel change is necessary. In the long run, it also meant better car maintenance and the ability to handle larger loads and a stronger chassis.

If you’re wondering how she drives, don’t let that glossy red fool you. While many manufacturers were still producing side valve engines, MG had the OHV inline-four, otherwise known as the XPAG. This engine began the people’s frenzy in imported sports cars, and the YT with 1250 cc and twin carburettors stood high above most British saloons from a performance perspective. With a high degree of comfort and luxury, it was the ideal cruising car. Only 877 units were produced from 1948 to 1950, making this classy gem here a rarity on its own.

It’s been 13 years since Malcolm purchased this wonderfully preserved antique. He’s also currently working on another project – restoring a 1961 MGA Roadster 1600 MKII. While the restoration is something he’s enjoying at his own pace, we don’t doubt that it won’t be long before we see another unique collectible in his garage!

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National Treasure

NATIONAL TREASURE

Muscle done right

What better way to set an example than with one of the most influential muscle cars Australia has built?

Joe Viscosi is a Holden man through and through, and we don’t just mean it lightly. In fact, the marque has been part of his life – in a very literal sense – for a very long time. When he got behind the driver’s seat of his first ever car, it was in the 1978 Holden Sunbird, and every car he had after that followed suit. Perhaps it was that pivotal moment that planted the seed, eventually leading him to an employment with GM-Holden in Port Melbourne for the next 20 years. Today, that commitment to the marque still runs strong through his 2016 HSV Clubsport R8 LSA.

Muscle Done Right

When the LSA powered Clubsport made its debut, it attracted the title as the “second most powerful car produced in Australia”, following its older sibling the HSV GTS. However, you won’t spot any second-child syndrome in the LSA as it’s in a league of its own. Compliant yet vicious, the Clubsport R8 donned the 6.2 litre Supercharged LSA engine that boasts a whopping 410kW of power and 691Nm of torque.

Taking you from 0 to 100 in 4.6 seconds, it shows off the thrills of a powerful ride that’s enough to quench any driver’s thirst for adrenaline. The R8 comes with a Driver Preference Dial that controls ESC, traction control, torque vectoring, launch control, electric power steering calibration and bi-modal exhaust, giving the driver control of the performance at every turn. The impressive 4-piston brake package was developed using NASCAR and Supercar technologies, with a large rear brake disc that’s able to withstand the power from the LSA engine, giving it that superior brake feel and performance.

SUPERCHARGED LEGEND

However, the R8 isn’t satisfied with just trophy car status – it surprises you with the adaptability of an everyday vehicle, with generous cabin room and a range of technologies including a heads-up display, blind spot alert, automatic park assist, and satellite navigation.

The exterior has lots to brag about too. Bold looks and an aggressive stance are some of the obvious signs that the R8 shouldn’t be taken lightly. Its body was designed for performance, and that includes a front fascia splitter and quad exhaust outlets that magnifies the roar of the engine. Plant your foot down and hear the V8 come to life from 400rpm onwards, when the bi-modal air intake and bi-modal exhaust meet, administering a chest-pounding roar from the V8.

LSA 555

Safe to say for many out there, the HSV is one of Australia’s most loved car brands. It’s without a doubt that Holden was once a manufacturing giant in the local market, surfing the patriotic wave of the ‘all Australian-ness’ the brand advertised. When that final siren echoed the GM-Holden Elizabeth plant on 20th October 2017, it was a sad day for many, and almost immediately the name became especially nostalgic. Loyal followers suddenly viewed the brand with an even deeper appreciation and sentimental value. For Joe, a former employee of GM-Holden, this car became a relic of the country’s once flourishing automotive history; and that’s precisely why it’s a must-have.

Purchased in January 2017, Joe’s R8 was the 555th unit to roll off the line. It was aptly decided to commemorate its uniqueness with the rego ‘LSA 555’. These days, you can find Joe in his Sting Red companion hitting the road together, sometimes alongside other HSV and FPV members. It won’t be any surprise to us if the R8 becomes one of the most legendary Aussie muscles to have ever been driven.

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Charismatic CH00DA

CHARISMATIC CH00DA

Charismatic Ch00da

We’re going from a 4 to an 8 because Chevrolet is going to a 6.”

Take a good look at this car and you might find it familiar. If you feel like you’ve seen this antique before, then we’d say you probably have. Tony Wilson and his 1932 Ford Tudor B, otherwise known as ‘CH00DA’, are the Bonnie and Clyde duo of classic auto shows. This car can wield second glances and long studying looks from passersby, and it’s not hard to see why. Like many classic enthusiasts, Tony’s hot-rodding isn’t just a passing fancy. It took him years and rounds of modifications and refurbishments to arrive at the Ford Tudor you see here today.

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FORD'S Great Depression

At the turn of the 20th century, Ford was in crisis as business suffered and sales took a low blow. The industrial world had been affected by the Wall Street crash of 1929. Their then champion, the Model T, had been overtaken by its contemporaries after a 19-year run and 15 million units produced. The next blow came when Chevrolet toppled Ford for the top of the poll, while other competitors succeeded in producing automobiles that were more advanced and modern, prompting the bothered Henry Ford to say something’s gotta give.

His solution: The Model A. Though considered a success, the Model A was costly to produce, and its hefty price tag wasn’t something consumers of the time had the wallet for. Over four million units were built, and in 1932, production ceased altogether. It wasn’t the game-changer Henry Ford had hoped for, but he had something else up his sleeve that was only disclosed to a select few.

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B FOR BREAKTHROUGH

“We’re going from a 4 to an 8 because Chevrolet is going to a 6.”

These words would revolutionise the course of the auto industry for the years to come, and it would be the 1932 Ford Model B to kick it off. At the time, it was unheard of to have a V8 engine car that’s affordable and accessible to the general public. The V8’s debut wasn’t groundbreaking either as many manufacturers found it complex, costly, and had little impact on the masses. This was Ford’s opportunity to perfect a flawed design that would enable an 8-cylinder, V-type engine to be built in large quantities and sold at a reasonable price.

The ‘32 Model B stirred a sensation in the press. It was new, had an elegant exterior with a high-performance engine, and available to all – giving people a taste of luxury without breaking the bank. Its interior was just as revolutionary; the key and ignition switch were combined into a single anti-theft unit at the steering column bracket. With the ignition ‘off’ and the key removed, the steering gear would lock the front wheels for parking – a sensible move by Ford that is still being applied today.

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CHANNELLING CH00DA

Tony’s Model B is a fine reminder of Ford’s table-turning masterplan. Purchased in 2005, he’s always had an eye for hot rods and vintage vehicles, and the 2-door sedan Model B was just his cup of tea. We don’t exactly know its condition when it was first brought home, but from the pictures we see, we’re sure that it took Tony long hours and hard work to restore and enhance his CH00DA to the stunning show-worthy candidate it is today.

Of course, what better way of making it truly yours than by adding your personalised touch to it? Tony had the engine block deburred, smooth and painted, rocker covers were bolted on, and velocity stacks added for that extra power. The exhaust was replaced with fully polished stainless steel and the transmission was rebuilt, smoothed, and painted. For a splash of the 21st century, the electronics are centralised and controlled via Bluetooth from the steering wheel. The interior was refabricated entirely in leather, and the seats were built in by hand. The list goes on that even Tony admits every inch of CH00DA has had work done.

We’ve had the privilege of getting up close and personal with this vintage masterpiece at the 2019 Victorian Hot Rod Show in Melbourne. While they’ve driven through the doors of many car shows together, it isn’t something that Tony takes for granted as he believes his best memories of CH00DA are built when sharing his pride and joy with other motor enthusiasts. After our face-to-face encounter, we understand why Tony would travel cross-country to show-off the elegant and charismatic CH00DA.

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Reminiscing the Statesman

REMINISCING THE STATEMENT

Reminiscing the Statesman

"This is my fourth one now and the best one I’ve ever had."

Rodney Anderson has had four Statesman HQs in his life. Yes, four! He’s had other classics in the past, but nothing like this Aussie classic would keep Rod coming back over and over again. A head-turner no doubt, there is more to this car than meets the eye. It’s been 35 years since Rod first heard the rumble of the Statesman, and ever since, his classic car ownership experience always had a common thread running through, the Statesman HQ.

A STATELY AFFAIR

With the exit of the less successful Holden Brougham series, Holden needed to up their game with something vastly different to rival against the increasing sales of the Ford Fairlane. The Fairlane created an exclusive prestige car category and dominated the Australian prestige car market. Fighting fire with fire, the built of the ’71 Statesman was entirely different in almost every way. 

Built as a monocoque body with an independent suspension front subframe, the HQ featured a modern style, new suspension with coil springs to improve the ride and handling, and a padded interior and stronger exterior panels to upgrade passive safety. The Statesman came with two levels of specifications – the upmarket DeVille which Rod has, and the base model custom. The car was given a 308-cid V8 and automatic transmission as standard, along with power disc brake and variable ratio power steering.

Inside, the Statesman was fitted with cloth or vinyl upholstery, full carpeting, and full instrumentation. While the manufacturing was underway, General Motors engaged a new marketing strategy designed to give the marque a more exclusive and luxurious vibe. To set it apart, they avoided the Holden name in all sales collateral and advertisements. Overall, the Statesman became a symbol for the successful businessman who wanted to buy an Australian built.

HQ WITH A TWIST

Rod recalls plenty of wonderful times in an HQ, but the real reason that led him back to his favourite car is so he can relive his childhood memories. At the age of 12, Rod’s family became close to another family that drove a Statesman. They spent time together every weekend, and he fondly remembers the power their car had and the sound of the engine rumbling each time they came by. Though it was a simple memory, it’s something that he’s reminded of each time he gets into a Statesman.

In August 2018, Rod got the keys to his HQ after his mates restored and modified the car to a roadworthy state. The Holden 308 engine was removed and replaced with a 350 Chev, and new wheels were fitted in. For a prestige twist, the HQ was painted Estoril Blue, iconically seen on a BMW. Just recently, Rod brought his new car to Summernats 32 to cruise on the tracks and show off his favourite to friends from interstate.

“This is my fourth one now and the best one I’ve ever had”.

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Vintage Beast

VINTAGE BEAST

Vintage Beast

"Having complete control over the big V8 power...it really knows how to use its muscle when the bitumen ends."

Simon Hadolt is no stranger when it comes to vintage cars. He has previously owned a 1962 EK Holden and currently has a 1928 Dodge Standard Six. His first car needs no introduction… The 1968 Bathurst HK Monaro continued to prove on and off the track that it was the performance benchmark of the day. But for Simon, nothing beats his current Ford machine! It has now been five years since he bought this stunning drive and it’s still as eye-catching as it is today.

A TRUE VINTAGE PACKAGE

Ford has a long history of producing popular pickup trucks, and 1977 was no exception. In 1975, Ford introduced the F-150 in between the F-100 and F-250. This awesome mid-range pickup quickly became the most popular pickup in the line-up. However, after 1983, the F-100 nameplate would be consigned to history.

At this point, Simon realised that he’s buying more than just a vehicle. A vehicle that’s committed to rugged reliability and dependability. Ford is often associated with a deep history rooted in dependability and longevity.

Simon’s 1977 Ford F-150 combines classic looks with serious V8 power, long bed versatility, and a go-anywhere 4×4 drivetrain. Its crisp navy paint has a timeless style. We can tell Simon has put a lot of thought into the details. 

He also made a solid investment in places like the disc front brakes and standard drum brake rear, complete mechanical rebuild, black leather interior with crocodile skin, new air conditioning, power steering, spotlights, four thermo fans, and polished Mickey Thompson wheels to add style

MORE THAN JUST LOOKS

With the interior investment Simon has made, this exudes a great classic feel, right down to the vintage steering wheel and factory gauges. 

More than just its good looks, this pickup has all the right work-ready function you desire. Having complete control over the big V8 power and the engine modifications which include Edelbrock performer manifold, 600 cfm Holley carb, and electric fuel pump – it really knows how to use its muscle when the bitumen ends. 

Simon loves taking it on cruises through town, its power steering and power brakes w/discs up front makes driving around a smooth and enjoyable journey

A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE

“I love everything about it especially the condition of the body,” said Simon when asked what his reason was for buying this vehicle. There’s more… this drive also had a memorable experience which was one of Simon’s favourites when it won the best ute at the Tasmanian Ute Muster!  

It seems to us the journey of this Ford has just begun. What a great example of a pickup that you’ll love to cruise about in!

Given the dimensions and features of the F-150, this vintage pickup has all the right pieces for work and play! It’s a very handy feature both in town and out in the bush.

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Story of Nicholas

STORY OF NICHOLAS

Story of Nicholas

"He really has a personality of his own that you can experience just by looking, touching, and driving him."

Colin and Karen Moss are mad about their Rovers. It’s no question why as they are great cars indeed, and with Colin as the Co-Founder and President of the Rover P5 & P6 Owners Club in Australia, their lives practically revolve around the Brit classic. A random chance upon a 2000TC was spotted for sale, and a week later the 1970 Rover classic became one of two P6s in their garage. The arrival of Nicholas, as he is affectionately dubbed, meant life for the Mosses would never be the same again.​

ENGLISH PRIDE

The P6 dates its origins back to 1963, built with the intention to attract a wider buying market than its predecessor, the P4, which went all the way back to 1949. Younger and affluential working class individuals were seeking a car that was between the standard 1.5 litre and 3 litre saloon car class. Interestingly, the inspiration behind the revolutionary P6 came from across the English Channel. So unique was the Citroen DS19 with its futuristic shape and modern appeal that Rover referred to it for key inspiration when creating the blueprint to one of its more popular cars.

The design of the final product was a game-changer for the British marque. The 2000 was powered by a new four-cylinder overhead cam-engine with a single carburettor; the TC boasted dual carbs. Another feature in its list of innovations was the de Dion rear suspension with inboard disc brakes, making the P6 one of the first genuinely mass-produced cars to have disc brakes on all four wheels. The P6 also introduced a range of safety features such as standard seatbelts and huge gloveboxes that doubled as crash knee pads under a full-width dash rail. The drive itself is considerably comfortable and maintains well at high speeds, a rally success

THE SPECIAL BRIT

Rovers have made a mark in Colin’s life since his childhood years in the UK. The Rover P6 patrol car back then left a lasting impression on him and was the igniting spark of his unwavering ambition to one day own a P6 himself. The Mosses’ first P6 was an incredibly rare and highly sought after 1973 Rover 3500S that they’ve affectionately named Miss Almond. While they weren’t actively looking for another classic, the 2000TC was a hard car to pass up, mainly when it was in near perfect condition and no rust in sight.

Vastly underrated and reasonably rare, the 2000TC won the hearts of Colin and Karen, and a week after the viewing they brought it home and gave it a new name; Nicholas. Though he was well preserved, the duo decided some upgrades and modifications would add to his charm. Four period Lucas spotlights were sourced, restored, and fitted along with period Lucas light covers.

Rear-facing Lucas reversing light was mounted, conforming to the Monte Carlo Rally specs of the late 60s and early 70s. The interior was fitted with a “Brent” rally trip computer, timing clock, and a 1970s two-way CB radio. Colin also had the bonnet restored and repainted to satin black as per the Rover Works Rally cars of the day. To top it off, customised Monte Carlo rally stickers were applied on the bonnet and boot for that race-ready look. 

THE SPECIAL BRIT

Rovers have made a mark in Colin’s life since his childhood years in the UK. The Rover P6 patrol car back then left a lasting impression on him and was the igniting spark of his unwavering ambition to one day own a P6 himself. The Mosses’ first P6 was an incredibly rare and highly sought after 1973 Rover 3500S that they’ve affectionately named Miss Almond. While they weren’t actively looking for another classic, the 2000TC was a hard car to pass up, mainly when it was in near perfect condition and no rust in sight.

Vastly underrated and reasonably rare, the 2000TC won the hearts of Colin and Karen, and a week after the viewing they brought it home and gave it a new name; Nicholas. Though he was well preserved, the duo decided some upgrades and modifications would add to his charm. Four period Lucas spotlights were sourced, restored, and fitted along with period Lucas light covers.

Rear-facing Lucas reversing light was mounted, conforming to the Monte Carlo Rally specs of the late 60s and early 70s. The interior was fitted with a “Brent” rally trip computer, timing clock, and a 1970s two-way CB radio. Colin also had the bonnet restored and repainted to satin black as per the Rover Works Rally cars of the day. To top it off, customised Monte Carlo rally stickers were applied on the bonnet and boot for that race-ready look. 

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American Dream

AMERICAN DREAM

American Dream

"It wasn’t in the best of shape, but he saw past that. Little did Raymond know it would take another 2 years before he could finally bring home his pride and joy – so what came in between?"

“Life is too short to wait for the things that you enjoy”. These are deep words from Raymond Lobegeier whose ‘live every moment’ belief has led him to become the proud owner of a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS. It wasn’t an impulsive buy as he invested 6 months looking for the one. That day came when Raymond finally locked eyes on the sassy convertible through an online ad. It wasn’t in the best of shape, but he saw past that. Little did Raymond know it would take another 2 years before he could finally bring home his pride and joy – so what came in between?

THE FAVOURITE CHEVY

As part of Chevrolet’s centennial celebrations, Chevy fans were asked to vote for the best Chevrolet of all time. Their choice? The 1969 Camaro. An undeniable hit with the masses, the Camaro was born in 1967 as a compact car specifically to compete with the widely popular Ford Mustang. The 1969 model had the Camaro looking substantially sportier. Redesigned with a heavy ‘V’ cant, deeply inset headlights, new door skins, and rear quarter panels gave the Camaro a lower and more aggressive character.

The SS model – more popularly known as “The One with a Name like the Hiss of a Snake” – offered big power, sport striping and a heavy insulated hood. This specialized performance package consisted of a 350 or 396 cu in V8 engine as well as chassis upgrades to accommodate better handling of the additional power of the engine. Instead of the standard 3-speed transmission, Raymond’s SS was upgraded to a 4-speed manual. The master cylinder was replaced with one from a 1975 Camaro; but that wasn’t the only modification made.

ROAD TO RESTORATION

If we’re going to talk about a complete body rebuild, Raymond’s Camaro – affectionately called Lobie – could be just the right mascot. 9 months into the purchase, he and his wife, Belinda, decided to do a complete rebuild on the body. 

This would involve totally stripping and repainting the ins and outs of every panel. Other restoration works included the undercarriage, engine, gear box, brakes, and suspension. A pretty big but necessary revamp to bring the Camaro back to its former glory. It took 2 whole years of labour and hard work before Raymond could finally celebrate by driving Lobie home.

A CAR NAME LOBIE

A classic car enthusiast himself, Raymond has had 12 cars with one being a red 1970 2-door Mustang V6. He has always made it a point to pursue his love for cars especially after witnessing his father work all his life with little time to enjoy the things that made him happy. He endeavours to purchase his dream car, the 1959 Corvette Convertible, and add it to his garage one day. But in the meantime, Raymond’s proud of his classic Camaro and why shouldn’t he be?

After 2 years of undergoing the knife, Lobie was unveiled looking fresh in a bright red and white racer fashion. Lobie goes on to win several prizes with people constantly showing interests and asking questions about it. One of his favourite pastimes would be taking a late afternoon cruise with the missus while listening to the sound of that big block hard at work. We’d say it was all worth it!

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Motorsport Legend

MOTORSPORT LEGEND

Motorsport Legend

“With fewer than 39 of the A9X in existence, it is a privilege to come across something that made such an impact in Australian automotive history, let alone own one."

Who wouldn’t jump at the chance of having a rare gem like the LX Torana A9X in their garage? Purchased three years ago after a match made online, not much is explained about the car’s history before Andrew was handed the keys. While many might leave this tucked away under the covers, others would consider it a public service to flaunt this historic vehicle wherever it goes.

FLEXING AUSSIE MUSCLE

The arrival of the LX came in February 1976 after the hit success of the LH, which was viewed as a major step forward for the local arm of General Motors, where for the first time, the Torana was designed and built for the Australian tastes and conditions. Using inspiration from the LH, the LX was given a facelift that replaced the rectangular headlights to rounded ones, side window surrounds were changed from body colour to black, and the Holden marque was enlarged.

The two-door hatchback body was introduced alongside the traditional four-door sedan, a sporty appeal that would distinguish the LX from its predecessors. At a starting price of approximately $6,000, the LX was offered in six- and eight-cylinder engines in both automatic and manual transmissions.

TORAN'S BIG UPGRADE

The celebrated A9X was first introduced as a “Performance Equipment Package” option and was only available with the Torana SS or SL/R hatch and sedan with the mighty V8 engine. Its formulation was purely out of the need to comply with race regulations of the time. Back then, touring car racing was a representation of the car’s performance that manufacturers sold to the public. 

To comply with Group C Touring Car rules, car makers were expected to produce enough roadworthy examples of their competition cars equipped with full racing components, a process also known as “homologation”. The A9X stepped in as the solution to the various weaknesses of the previous Torana race car, the L34, and became one of the greatest Holden muscle cars in the Golden Era of Group C racing. It is the first Holden to install the upgraded Radial Turned Suspension and fitment of the much stronger Salisbury rear axle complete with disc brakes. These major changes introduced to the A9X were quite significant that it could be categorised as a new model altogether.

A COLLECTOR'S ITEM

With fewer than 39 of the A9X in existence, it is a privilege to come across something that made such an impact in Australian automotive history, let alone own one. It’s a good thing Andrew doesn’t keep it hidden away under lock and key but is happy to display his signature orange Torana on the road and at car meets for enthusiasts to take a closer look.

Since this purchase, Andrew has had some restoration works done to revive the LX to its former glory. We don’t know how extensive these restorations were, but from the looks of it you would believe him if he told you it just rolled off the line!

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Resurrection of the Torana LH

RESURRECTION OF THE TORANA LH

Resurrection of the Torana LH

While it lay in slumber, the car’s aesthetics was marred by the natural elements but underneath all that rust lies the powerful Aussie muscle of yesteryear, and Geoff took it upon himself to bring the beast back to life

Geoffrey Moore has always been taken by the Torana. It’s no question why especially when it’s one of Australia’s all-time favourite cars, so what are the chances of him finding one in a backyard? Neglected for years and left unclaimed, Geoff came face-to-face with an incredible piece of history: the 1974 Holden Torana LH. While it lay in slumber, the car’s aesthetics was marred by the natural elements but underneath all that rust lies the powerful Aussie muscle of yesteryear, and Geoff took it upon himself to bring the beast back to life.

THE TRIUMPH OF TORANA

Often referred to as Holden’s best performing sports car, the Torana reigned steadily at the top throughout the 1970s. In March 1974, the first all Australian medium sized car was introduced in the form of a four-door sedan. With all of its mechanical and body parts designed and assembled locally, the LH was the first Holden series to come with four, six, or eight cylinder engines and would be one of the few cars to be built like so. 

At the top of the sporting range was the SL/R 5000, reserved for the sedan version and was undoubtedly the most desirable of the whole series. This new introduction capitalised on its predecessors’ strong points such as good power to weight ratio, good handling, solid build, and reliability. It was also more spacious than previous Toranas with its improved interior and had better serviceability with its sturdier bumpers and bolt on the front sheet metal.

RACE READY

Having produced its fastest car yet, it’s obvious something needed to be done for Bathurst. Holden released a new option package known as the L34 and added it to the already powerful SL/R 5000, transforming the Torana into a racing machine. To accommodate for competition use, the L34 was made to be more powerful and durable with high compression engine and stouter components. Its signature feature was the bolt-on wheel arch extensions, designed to house larger racing rims and tyres. 

The L34 proved to be fast and successful in Australian touring car racing. Only 263 were built in this variant, making this a precious collectable if you’re lucky to get your hands on one.

RUST TO RICHES

For Geoff who’s only ever had Holdens in his garage, owning a Torana is like a second calling. Given the condition it was in, a full ground-up restoration was undisputed. Geoff saw the end outcome before he even got started, and there was no doubt whether he was getting his hands dirty in the process. Looking at where it is today, it is almost unrecognisable with a notably clean bright shade of green and modern rims. “It was built to suit my taste,” says Geoff. Re-building this car is one of his favourite memories and you can just imagine what it must feel like the day he got behind the wheel of his hard work!

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