This low-mileage Holden Torana GTR was traded in at a country Ford dealership in 1985 where it has sat ever since.
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This dust-covered Holden Torana GTR is going to auction in October as part of old dealership inventory.

The 1973 Holden LJ Torana GTR was traded-in at the Ford dealership in West Wyalong – a country town in central New South Wales – where it has sat in a corner since 1985.

With limited space on the dealership lot and no interested buyers at the time, the Torana was parked in the back of a shed and forgotten.

Auctioneers Burns & Co report the vehicle has matching numbers, and believe the 86,000km shown on the odometer is the original mileage.

While the body and chassis has not undergone a thorough inspection, the warm, dry climate of West Wyalong is suited to the preservation of storing vehicles.

This old Holden Torana is among a growing list of classic car "barn finds" in Australia, attracting collectors and restorers of iconic vehicles from the 1960s and 1970s, the hey day of Australian motoring.

The GTR was developed as the sports version of the Torana range, and though not as hot as the race-bred XU-1 variant, the 1973 Torana GTR was fitted with the 3.3-litre inline-six producing 101kW, coupled with the Aussie-built M21 four-speed manual gearbox.

The dirt-covered VIN plate, showing LJ82911 as the model name, confirms this is a genuine GTR.

Classic Australian 'barn-find' cars have broken recents in recent times, with the Ford Falcon XA GT RPO 83 'Chicken Coupe' selling for more than $300,000 in July.

Pristine Torana GTR models have been known to sell for as much as $100,000 – a far cry from the $900 paid for this model in the mid-80s.

The auction also features a number of low mileage Fords from the local dealership, including a 1961 Fairlane 'tank' sedan, a 2005 Falcon XR8 Devil R with 4000km, and a 2016 Falcon FGX XR6 ute with a mere 98km on the clock.

Burns & Co will conduct the auction on Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th of October, 2020, with the full catalogue available later this month. For more details, click here.