G.M. Holden Torana Production

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Holden Torana Production



G.M. Holdens Ltd. - Production of Torana Models

Excerpt from LH Torana Review:

At last Australians could enjoy an Australian designed medium sized car from Holden - the LH Torana. Most agreed it was a big improvement over its predecessor, but was the LH a replacement or a different class of car? Unlike the previous models that owed their heritage to the English Vauxhall (from its entirity in the HB to the chassis in the TA), the LH Torana series could best be described as a scaled down Kingswood.

Managing Director of GMH , Mr. Damon Martin, said the design and sizing of the LH was a direct response to the major evolutionary changes in demand for passenger cars in Australia. "Its keynote is versatility. LH is designed for those buyers who want an alternative to full-size vehicles but whose needs would not be satisfied by a small car".

At the time, Martin claimed the demand for the full size HQ Holden models remained strong and that market research convinced GMH that the demand for the larger HQ (available as a 'six' or V8) would exceed Torana sales by a ratio of three to one. Martin added: "I think the LH will stand with other groundbreaking GMH cars such as the 48/215, the EH and the HQ - all of which have significantly influenced local car design"'.

The European heritage of the Torana was not, however, entirely forgotten with the 1900cc four cylinder engine still being sourced from Opel in Germany. More importantly for performance car enthusiasts was the new box on the 'options' list that read "V8". The LH's new and contemporary body offered increased interior room over its predecessors, and was built to be a stronger more Australian car. To achieve this, the body size was increased, stronger bumpers were installed and the front panels were bolted on rather than simply welded. The LH was offered in 3 different trim levels S, SL and the SL/R - the latter model not offered in 4 cylinder but fitted with a six as standard. The S and SL could be optioned with the smaller 4.2 litre V8, while the SL/R could be optioned with the 4.2 and 5.0 V8's.

Also see:
HB Torana Specifications / LC Torana Specifications / LJ Torana Specifications / LH Torana Specifications / LX Torana Specifications / UC Torana Specifications / Torana Identification / Torana Race Legacy

Released
2 Door
L4 Vauxhall
1159cc
October 1969
1877
4 Door extra $130 (not avail on GTR)
74627
2 Door S
L4 Vauxhall
1159cc
October 1969
1979
Automatic extra $266 on L4
74627
2 Door SL
L4 Vauxhall
1159cc
October 1969
2143
Automatic extra $230 on L6
74627
2 Door S
L6
138ci
October 1969
2283
4 Speed Manual extra $105 on L6
74627
2 Door SL
L6
161ci
October 1969
2579
4 Speed Manual standard on GTR
74627
2 Door GTR
L6
186ci
October 1969
2834
-
74627
2 Door GTR XU1
L6
202ci
August 1970
3148
202 engine on XU1 after July 1970
74627
2 Door
L6 Holden
138ci
Feb. 1972
1923
4 Door + $125
81453
2 Door S
L6 Holden
173ci
Feb. 1972
2073
Automatic + $230
81453
2 Door SL
L6 Holden
202ci
Feb. 1972
2173
4 Speed on L6 + $105
81453
2 Door S
L6
XU1 only
Feb. 1972
2377
-
81453
2 Door SL
L6
-
Feb. 1972
2634
-
81453
2 Door GTR
L6
-
Feb. 1972
2921
-
81453
2 Door GTR XU1
L6
-
Feb. 1972
3214
-
81453
TA
2 Door Std.
-
-
March 1974
2543
-
9288
TA
2 Door Deluxe
-
-
March 1974
2855
-
9288
TA
4 Door Deluxe
-
-
March 1974
2995
-
9288
4 Cyl S
L4
1900 Opel
May 1974
3346
-
71408
4 Cyl SL
L4
1900 Opel
May 1974
3637
-
71408
6 Cyl S
L6
173ci Holden
March 1974
3453
-
71408
6 Cyl SL
L6
202ci Holden
March 1974
3820
-
71408
6 Cyl SLR
L6
202ci Holden
March 1974
4218
-
71408
8 Cyl SLR
V8
253 Holden
March 1974
4360
-
71408
8 Cyl SLR 5000
V8
308 Holden
March 1974
4527
-
71408
8 Cyl SLR 5000 L34
V8
308 Holden
March 1974
-
-
71408
4 Cyl S Sedan
L4
1900 CC Opel
Feb., 1976
4582
4 Cyl LX Toranas superceded by Sunbird
41375(Sedans) 8527(Hatchbacks)
4 Cyl SL Sedan
L4
1900 CC Opel
Feb., 1976
5068
4 Cyl LX Toranas superceded by Sunbird
41375(Sedans) 8527(Hatchbacks)
6 Cyl S Sedan
L4
1900 CC Opel
Feb., 1976
4787
-
41375(Sedans) 8527(Hatchbacks)
6 Cyl SL Sedan
L4
1900 CC Opel
Feb., 1976
5597
-
41375(Sedans) 8527(Hatchbacks)
6 Cyl SLR
L4
1900 CC Opel
Feb., 1976
6070
-
41375(Sedans) 8527(Hatchbacks)
8 Cyl SLR
L4
1900 CC Opel
Feb., 1976
6413
-
41375(Sedans) 8527(Hatchbacks)
8 Cyl SLR 5000
L4
1900 CC Opel
Feb., 1976
6836
-
41375(Sedans) 8527(Hatchbacks)
8 Cyl SLR A9X
L4
1900 CC Opel
Feb., 1976
N/A
-
41375(Sedans) 8527(Hatchbacks)
6 Cyl SS Hatchback
L4
1900 CC Opel
Feb., 1976
6447
-
41375(Sedans) 8527(Hatchbacks)
6 Cyl SL Hatchback
L4
1900 CC Opel
Feb., 1976
6024
-
41375(Sedans) 8527(Hatchbacks)
8 Cyl SLR A9X H/back
L4
1900 CC Opel
Feb., 1976
N/A
-
41375(Sedans) 8527(Hatchbacks)
6 Cyl Sedan
L6
202ci Holden
March, 1978
5961
-
53007
6 Cyl SL Sedan
L6
173ci Holden
March, 1978
6650
-
53007
6 Cyl SL Hatchback
L6
173ci Holden
March, 1978
7000
-
53007
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