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LJ Torana
Went on sale in January 1972
The LJ was a face-lift model of the LC with some substantial improvements that weren't advertised greatly. GM-H was more involved in marketing the all new design HQ than selling the virtues of the new and improved LJ as the HQ was the biggest Australian car news in years, bigger even than the LC Torana had been late in 1969. GMH was learning from it's American counterpart about having different models with which to compliment each other so the LJ and HQ both received an egg-crate style grille. At the rear, three piece tail lights replaced the single piece LC units. Inside the cabin, the bond was emphasised with identical steering wheels, ignition switch, steering locks and door ashtrays, of course the main reason for these would be the cost cutting by using one component for several different models. Under the bonnet saw more of the same, the new engine size was a 202 in the HQ but was called 3300 in the Torana but still no V8 for the smaller model. There was a total of 8 engines to choose from though ranging from the venerable 56 horsepower 1159 cm3 four (which couldn't pull itself out of bed let alone up a hill) to the 190 horsepower version of the 202 used in the LJ XU1. 

There was a V8 version of the LJ XU-1 that was being driven around the streets in 1972 and it was produced by Holden and the public was never told of this model. Read more about this in my Supercar Scare page.

The 1159 cm3 four was taken out to 1256 cm3 and it's output was up to 62 bhp (wow). The biggest of the fours was the slant SOHC 1600 introduced in July l97l as a running mod on LC but alas this engine promised far more than it delivered. With a quoted maximum power output of 80 horsepower at 5500 rpm you'd expect the 1600 Torana to match the Japanese of the same displacement but it fell short with a 0-60 mph in 17 secs. and a quarter mile elapsed time of over 20 secs. Real Morris Minor beating stuff!! Top speed was 85 mph if you had the time and the road to wait that long. To give you a comparison check out the 48-215 performance from over 20 years previous.

The six cylinder cars showed what a great package the Torana really could be with excellent torque at take off speed and as the engine displacement increased the overall power was noticeable. The 2850 (173cid) with 4 speed was able to cover the quarter mile in 17.5 seconds and 0-60 mph in a snick over 13 seconds, top speed was just under 100 mph The baby of the six cylinder range, the 2250 (138 cid) could do a genuine 95 mph which said something for the aerodynamics and the power to weight.  The range of engines and trim offered gave anyone a decent choice in the light car class and it was reflected in the interest at the showroom. The LJ's sales were up over the LC's, from January 1972 to March 1974 a total of  81,453 were produced reflecting partly on the superior product despite the body shape being developed in 1966, another reason was the huge racing successes. By now the opposition was starting to take notice of the light car powered by a six cylinder. Probably the greatest compliment paid to the Torana was when Ford went with it's 3.3 and 4.2 litre powered Cortina's and Chrysler with it's Hemi 6 cylinder Centura. By 1973 the LJ was looking old so to keep there upper hand GMH had to come up with a new modern body style, the LH. The performance based GTR and GTR XU-1 began a legend that is still admired and despised by some as these "little" cars with the big heart embarrassed some mighty powerful and fancy cars. They were exported and driven in many parts of the world with the spirit that they were designed for, you can read more about these cars on the GTR XU-1 page. Brocky even raced overseas in a Torana.

Holden body identification plate: attached to lefthand side radiator panel assembly.
Holden VIN plate: attached to righthand side radiator panel assembly.
ADR compliance plate: attached to righthand side of ledge under bonnet.

 Specifications
Holden VIN plate: attached to righthand side radiator panel assembly.
ADR compliance plate: attached to right-hand side of ledge under bonnet.

Transmissions:
Four-cylinder; four-speed manual or three-speed automatic, all are floor change.
Six-cylinder; three-speed manual column shift; three-speed manual floor shift (export only)
 XU1, four-speed manual floor shift; three-speed automatic floor or column shift.

Engines

3300 LC (Low compression)
Capacity 202 ci (3312.8 cc)
OHV six cylinder inline, front engined, rear wheel drive
Single throat Bendix Stromberg BXV-2 downdraught carburettor
Bore and stroke 92.08 mm x 82.55 mm
Power output (DIN):96.2 kW at 4400 rpm
Torque (DIN):231 Nm at 2000 rpm
Compression ratio:7.8:1

3300 HC (High compression)
Capacity 202 ci (3312.8 cc)
OHV six cylinder inline, front engined, rear wheel drive
Single throat Bendix Stromberg BXV-2 downdraught carburettor
Bore and stroke 92.08 mm x 82.55 mm
Power output (DIN):135 bhp (100.7 kW) at 4400 rpm
Torque (DIN):190 lb/ft (231 Nm) at 2000 rpm
Compression ratio:9.4:1

The Performance Engines:
LJ Torana GTR XU1
(1972 - 1974) Road version
Price at introduction: $3214
Total number built: 1,667
Engines: 202 (3300 litre) six-cylinder,inline
Bore & Stroke:  3.625" (92.1mm) X 3.25" (82.5mm).
Compression ratio: 10.3:1
OHV,  2 Valves per cylinder, 9 port head,
Triple 175CD Stromberg side-draft carburettors
Camshaft special (see below)
Power output: 190bhp (141.7kW) @ 5600rpm.
Torque:  200lb/ft (270Nm) @ 4000rpm.
Transmission: Four-speed manual
Dimensions: Length - 4387mm, Width - 1600mm, Wheelbase - 2540mm
Fuel Tank: 77 litres

Camshaft Specifications GTR XU-1 202 Feb 1972.
Inlet  (No ramp)
Open 44°
Close 80°
Duration 304°
Lift .429" (10.89mm)
Exhaust
Open 83°
Close 40°
Duration 304°
Lift .429" (10.89mm)
Overlap 84°



LJ Torana GTR XU1
(1972 - 1974) Bathurst Special version
Price at introduction: $3455 '72 ($3550 '73)
Engines: 202 (3300 litre) six-cylinder,inline
Bore & Stroke:  3.625" (92.1mm) X 3.25" (82.5mm).
Compression ratio: 10.3:1
OHV,  2 Valves per cylinder, 9 port head,
Triple 175CD Stromberg side-draft carburettors
Camshaft special (HX see below)
Power output: 190bhp (141.7kW) @ 5600rpm.
**(HDT Bathurst cars were approx. 190hp rear wheels, approx. 230+ bhp)
Torque:  200lb/ft (270Nm) @ 4000rpm.
Transmission: Four-speed manual
Performance: 138 mph @ 6500 rpm
Quarter mile: 13.5 seconds
Dimensions: Length - 4387mm, Width - 1600mm, Wheelbase - 2540mm
Fuel Tank: 77 litres

Gearbox: M21 four speed manual, all synchromesh.   XU-1 & Bathurst LJ XU-1.
Ratio's: 1st 2.54
             2nd 1.83
             3rd 1.25
             4th 1.00
             Rev 2.54.
M21 four speed manual, all synchromesh.   XU-1 Bathurst 73 (optional).
Ratio's: 1st 2.54
             2nd 1.83
             3rd 1.38
             4th 1.00
             Rev 2.54.
 M21 four speed manual, all synchromesh.   XU-1 Bathurst 73 (optional).
 Ratio's: 1st 2.32
             2nd 1.65
             3rd 1.25
             4th 1.00
             Rev 2.54.

Camshaft Specifications GTR XU-1 202 Bathurst 72 & 73.
1973 Factory Bathurst XU-1's had same profile as the previous year, however the race teams were free to use any profile they desired.
Inlet (No ramp)
Open 55°
Close 91°
Duration 326°
Lift .456" (11.59mm)
Exhaust
Open 94°
Close 51°
Duration 326°
Lift .456" (11.59mm)
Overlap106°

Identification:
 

Vin identification: consists of 13 digits.
The first five consist of the model number.
The next digit is the series code identifier.
The next two digits are build location identifier.
The remaining five digits indicate the vehicle serial number.

VIN Model - 82311: Two door six cylinder 'S' sedan.
VIN Model - 82369:  Four door six cylinder 'S' sedan.
VIN Model - 82569:  Four door six cylinder 'SL' sedan.
VIN Model - 82911:  Two door six cylinder 'GTR' sedan.

Series code:  'J' stands for LJ

Build location- Brisbane:       H1 - H5.
Build location - Sydney:        H5 - H9.
Build location - Melbourne:   J1 - J9.
Build location - Adelaide:      L1 - L5.
Build location - Perth:            L6 - L9.



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