1968 Holden HB Torana SL - Reader Ride

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Daniel Thresher's 1169cc 1968 Holden HB Torana SL

My HB Torana has the 1169cc motor with a four-speed manual. It claimed about 70 horsepower and weighs 850 kilos, so they go well. It has a factory disc front end and drum brakes on the rear. It’s a 1968 car, the year after they were first launched.

I was looking to buy an HB Torana and was looking for a two-door. The plan was to put a V8 in it, because I love small cars with big engines. I saw this one for sale and had it shipped down.

Good ones are hard to find – even seven years ago when I bought this car. All the ones I see now are full of rust.

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This was a one-owner car and was in such good condition I decided to leave it alone. It was too nice a car to modify, so we just cleaned it up a little.

It’s actually quite smooth and beaut5iful to drive. It’s a little noisy in the gearbox, otherwise it drives well, is very easy to look after and runs on the smell of an oily rag.

It gets driven quite rarely and it only had 49,000 miles on the odometer. Given the original trim is in such good condition, it may not have gone round the clock.

They’re now becoming extremely rare, so if you see a good one, grab it.

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