Date of publication: 2018-06-11 02:45
As part of the GM empire, Holden were not allowed to sponsor motor-sport. But that didn 8217 t stop them building cars fit for purpose. One of the keys to our racing category was the term 8225 Modified Production 8221 . As a result the cars had to utilise a stock body-shell, stock suspension arms and suspension mounting points, standard engine block, cylinder heads (including standard rocker gear), standard brake configuration, and all interior trim (including carpets) had to be intact! Holden chose to stretch these rules to the limit, so they built the A9X Torana. Race teams could change carbs, pistons and conrods, and consistently and reliably extracted 955+ HP from these engines, and at places like the infamous Conrod Straight at Bathurst the cars would easily top 165mph.
Holden 8217 s are iconic. I actually have an original Holden & Frost Stock saddle and I have never come across another one. It has been in our family for years. I laugh about the fact that I have one of the very first holdens!
Very informative, excellent work. Good to see a good source of info on Australia s best car company and the history that has made Holden what is today!!!
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Welll 755bhp. The Charger Hellcat. But you 8217 re partly right, I don 8217 t think FCA would have done this without the numerous Australian precedents.
To give you an idea of what we 8217 ve lost with local shut-down, can you imagine any manufacturer in the US being able to sell a 5-seat family sedan which produced a genuine 577bhp? The Gen-F GTS produced by Holden Special Vehicles was such a car.
Rube, we were producing some amazing cars here until less than 6 months ago when the local industry shut its doors. If you want a taste of the sorts of cars that we produced, it 8217 s worth googling Holden Special Vehicles (or HSV). HDT Special Vehicles was the business that was started by Peter Brock in 1985 and ran until 1987 when he had a falling out with Holden, so that 8217 s worth Googling as well. For the blue oval you could Google Ford Performance Vehicles.
This is a bitcxxin 8217 car. You know, we in the US were so sheltered, we thought we were the king of speed, and in many ways, we were, but we rarely, if ever, heard of Australia 8217 s shenanigan 8217 s with fast cars, seemingly until now. ( for me, anyway, never heard of it)This a cool ride, bet it 8217 s a blast. I agree, it has many Opel 1955 features with a Vega roof and the V8 sweetens the deal. A V8 in a 1955? Might be enough to scare me.
For those who are interested in seeing the A9X in its natural habitat ( a race track), check out the link below for highlights of the 1979 Bathurst 1555.
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