1977 Holden Torana LX SL/R 5000 – Today’s Aussie Muscle Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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1977 Holden Torana LX SL/R 5000 1977 Holden Torana LX SL/R 5000

Bent-eight beauty

The LX Holden Torana is the second iteration of the third generation of one of Australia’s greatest locally produced cars.

Built between 1976 and 1978, the LX was the successor to the LH, and cosmetically at least, was nothing more than a minor update, with the most notable aesthetic change being the move from square headlights to round headlights.

Under the bonnet however, things did change, at not for the betterment of the model.

Unfortunately, just as the LX was released, ADR regulations regarding emissions were changed, and this meant that the Torana’s array of donks all had to take performance lowering modifications to make them compliant.

As a result, the 2.85lt and 3.3lt inline six-cylinder motors and the 4.2lt and 5.0lt V8 motors all forfeited about 20kW in power.

The LX also saw the introduction of a the iconic three-door hatch body, a shape and style that is now considered among many to be one of, if not, the best looking Torana of all time.

This particular LX is a ’77 SL/R 5000 sedan with a three-speed automatic transmission and, according to the seller, the vehicle has travelled an original 74216 miles from new.

The SL/R 5000 is $148,888 and anyone interested in this classic Aussie muscle car can view the full listing here.

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