A near-perfect example of the extremely rare 1977 Holden Torana A9X hatchback has been listed for auction with a starting bid of more than $1 million.
According to the seller, the homologation-special – which includes an option pack and a lightweight body shell – is the first of 33 cars built for factory-backed race teams (370 road-going examples of the A9X were also built, bringing the total number to 403).
The three-door, four-seater has reportedly covered only 475 kilometers since new – roughly 70 laps around Mount Panorama in Bathurst. According to the seller, it has never been registered or raced on the road in its 44-year history.
A four-speed manual transmission transmits power from the 5.0-litre V8 (186kW/434Nm) to the rear wheels.
When it was new, the 0-100km/h sprint took 7.1 seconds, en route to a top speed of 214km/h.
In 1978 and 1979, the Torana A9X won back-to-back races at Bathurst, with Peter Brock and Jim Richards at the wheel.
“This is the holy grail of Holden motor collector cars in Australia; many muscle car enthusiasts lament the loss of performance cars, and there has since been a renaissance in these classic cars,” said Lee Hames, Chief Operations Officer of Lloyds Auctions, which is facilitating the sale.
“Given the Holden prices we’ve seen at auction over the last six months, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this car shatter records once more.”
On Saturday, 26 June, the 1977 Torana A9X is scheduled to go under the hammer. Click here to view the listing and auction details.