A 1977 Holden Torana SS hatchback optioned with the rare A9X performance package has come up for sale in Sydney for nearly half a million dollars.
The A9X package makes this Torana one of the most sought after Holdens ever made, with only 100 hatchbacks produced with the option, and only two built in this Atlantis Blue paint and Tan vinyl interior combination.
Holden added the A9X option as a way to help the Holden Dealer Team win more races in the Australian Touring Car series. At the time, race cars had to be based on road car models.
The changes, available only to SLR 5000 sedans and SS hatches, includes a reverse-cowl bonnet scoop, rear disc brakes, uprated axles, and a heavy-duty differential. All of which helped Peter Brock to take the A9X to victory on its debut at Sandown Raceway in 1977.
The A9X went on to dominate the Australian Touring Car series in the following years, with Brock winning the 1979 Bathurst race by six laps and famously setting the lap record on the final lap.
The $495,000 price tag of this hatchback would make this the most valuable road-going Torana ever sold, with the current record being set at $365,000 in 2018. As well as a full history of the car, this Torana also comes with the original GMH 'Hatch Hutch', making it the most expensive tent ever sold.
It doesn't make it the most expensive Torana, however, with a former Bathurst race car driven by Bob Morris selling at auction in 2017 for $715,000.
CarAdvice understands the current custodian of this A9X has had the vehicle in his collection for two years, where the Torana lived alongside a Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III. The Phase III lays claim to being the most valuable road-going Australian car ever sold, when one reportedly changed hands for more than a million dollars (including buyer's premium) in 2018.
The Holden Torana A9X hatchback is being offered by Mike Selby at Australian Muscle Car Sales and can be found here.