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1972 Holden LJ GTR

With all the XU-1 Goodies!


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Well you don’t see these everyday- so here’s your opportunity to buy a great car with all the work already DONE!
A Full nut & bolt Restoration has been carried out. If you DONT want to be noticed- THIS IS NOT YOUR CAR!!
– Currently a Perth car
– 11/72 LJ GTR Torana Coupe.
– Built at the Adelaide Plant and sold through United Motors Pty Ltd in Adelaide.
– Showing only 79,158 miles on the odometer.
– Spectacular Zodiac Blue Metallic Paint with contrasting Black Roebuck Vinyl interior.
– 202 6cyl engine.
– M20 4speed manual gearbox.
– 3.08 ratio LSD Banjo Diff.
– No log books but does have Holden Vinyl wallet with period correct Owners Manual.
Lovingly restored by a GENUINE ENTHUSIAST!
This car is a complete numbers matching, however the engine is a NOS NASCO Warranty block with standard bore sizes. Car runs XU1 triple 175CD Stromberg carbies, double diaphragm brake booster and Bathurst fuel tank. Motor has been fully balanced and all mechanical components have either been replaced with new or reconditioned. The interior has had the same treatment as the drive line. The body was taken back to bare metal and all rust cut out and re-plated with correct gauge steel- NO SHORTCUTS HERE!.
The current owner bought the car from a race car driver 3 hours north of Adelaide and he stated that it was raced from new (hence warranty motor??) and lived in South Australia all it’s life prior to his purchase. We believe it to be a 3 owner car (minus his mum owning it).
This Classic GTR Torana has traveled less than 2000 miles since restoration and purrs like a kitten!
Drives and presents like a new car and should meet roadworthy in any State.

If you have any queries or to organise an inspection today- Call Chester 0414 239 028

Many more photos are available on request.



The ultimate Torana’s from the LJ series were obviously the 1972/1973 Bathurst Spec XU-1’s. But the more “standard” LJ GTR’s were still an outstanding car, and offered performance the match of most other performance cars at the time.

In many respects the LJ GTR, with its stock 202, was every bit the equal for the LC GTR XU-1, with its warm 186S – if you put the two cars head to head, there was very little in it. But that’s not exactly comparing apples with apples – when you compared the LJ against the LC GTR, with its warm 161, there was no question that the new iteration was quicker point to point, and did so with less effort.

While the LJ facelift was rather subtle, it was the sporting GTR’s that benefitted the most from the makeover. And that’s before we mention the amazing colours on offer – the psychedelic ’60’s may have seemed so last decade, except that is if you were driving a hot Torana. Amoung the options were “Strike Me Pink” and “Barneys Shirt” – rumour has it that, when they were chosing colour scheme’s, the boys at GMH liked the colour of Barney’s shirt – and thus begat the name.

Inside the LJ GTR the seats were improved, the engineers going to some length to stop the often complained about “bouncing sensation” experienced in the LC. The instrument layout remained unchanged, although the droopy fascia it was housed in was dropped. Instead, the padding ran the width of the car in a clean unbroken line. The radio was re-located to the centre of the fascia.

Front head restraints were standard, and small changes were made to neaten up the internal appearancce of the car. Subtle changes included using a recessed grip on the glovebox (instead of the LC’s protruding knob), and the dashtop ashtray was replaced by a pair of HQ Holdendoor-trim mounted units. 

As for the GTR XU-1, well it underwent constant development, with each facet of the car being improved as required for racing until the ultimate version was released in September 1972.

Revisions during the life of the XU-1 included the fitment of fine-spline rear axles and 13 x 6 Globe Sprintmaster wheels in September 1972, along with tubular exhaust headers (extractors), a beefier block and pistons, a new head casting and a bigger cam. All this made the 202 good for around 200bhp (although exact figures were never published).

But GMH did release the following statement; “The XU-1 model incorporates a number of high performance features which boost its bhp to 190 at 5600 rpm…the XU-1 model features two functional spoilers, one under the nose for negative lift, the other above the rear compartment lid for downward thrust”. 

No wonder then that, with Peter Brock at the wheel, an LJ GTR-XU1 was to win Bathurst in 1972. The following year, Brock and co-driver Doug Chivas would almost repeat the performance, but had to settle for second place behind Allan Moffat and Ian (Pete) Geoghegan in their GT Falcon. The Ford fans were naturally enough happy to take the win, even if it was only by a mere 50 seconds, while Holden fans were left to lament the bad luck that had seen the mighty little GTR-XU-1 loose 3 minutes when, while driven by Chivas, it had run out of fuel!


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Key Specifications
Model:LJ GTR
Body Style:Coupe
Transmission:4 Speed Manual
Exterior Color:Zodiac Blue
Interior Color:Black Cloth Trim Combination
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