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HOLDEN TORANA Used Car Review

The 1967 Torana - meaning 'to fly' in the Aboriginal language - was based on Britain's Vauxhall Viva. It had broad appeal through hatch and sedan body styles, and a wide range of engines comprising four, six or eight cylinders. The Torana became a touring car legend when racing versions took five victories during the 1970s, including three at the hands of another legend - Peter Brock. A race-car-for-the-road A9X version is regarded by many as one of Holden's most iconic cars.

Pros

Cons

  • Wide choice of engines
  • Latter models benefitted from radial tuned suspension
  • Appealing design of coupe and hatch models
  • Performance of A9X variant
  • Hatch's limited rear legroom and shallow load space
  • Long throw of manual gearbox
  • Very old car now
  • Fancier models can cost a fortune today
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Overview of the Holden Torana

Overview of the Holden Torana

The 1967 Torana - meaning 'to fly' in the Aboriginal language - was based on Britain's Vauxhall Viva.

It had broad appeal through hatch and sedan body styles, and a wide range of engines comprising four, six or eight cylinders.

The Torana became a touring car legend when racing versions took five victories during the 1970s, including three at the hands of another legend - Peter Brock.

A race-car-for-the-road A9X version is regarded by many as one of Holden's most iconic cars.

HOLDEN TORANA GENERATIONS

1967-1969

1969-1974

1974-1980

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

3.3L 6cyl: 13.6 litres per 100km (based on 1976-78 SL/R sedan)

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO HOLDEN TORANA

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: HOLDEN TORANA (1974-1980)

The Toranas we're dealing with here are the last of the breed and were the biggest and strongest Toranas made. But you need to understand that they're very old cars now and could be in any sort of condition from mint to ready-for-the-knackers.

Mechanically, they're big and tough with strong, simple suspension and fairly crude engines and transmissions. Any four-cylinder will be a worn-out dog by now and the V8s are heavy and spoil the handling as well as make the cars expensive. Which means a six-cylinder is the way to go but check the engine for smoke from the tailpipe as well as the oil filler cap when the engine is hot and idling.

The automatic should select gears from Park without too much delay and the clutch in any manual should feel strong with a distinct take-up point.

Interiors in good condition won't be easy to find, and also beware a new coat of shiny paint that could be hiding anything such as rust.

Finally, lower your driving expectations; these weren't flash handlers when new and another four decades will have done nothing to alter that perspective.