1977 Holden A9X LX Torana Hatchback.
During 1977, the LX series also had the development of another limited-build high-performance option aimed at winning in Australian Touring Car racing, and in particular at the annual Bathurst 1000 touring car race. This ‘A9X Option’ was available on the 5.0-litre V8-powered SLR 5000 sedan and SS hatchback models. The A9X visually resembled the L34-optioned LH model, but with the addition of a rear-facing bonnet scoop designed to increase airflow into the engine bay (carburettor) to produce maximum power in motor racing applications. The A9X package varied from the old L34 in road form in that whilst the engine was not modified, the A9X nevertheless had some special mechanical features such as rear disc brakes, heavy-duty axles, and a heavy-duty ’10 bolt’ differential. After being rushed into Group C touring car racing, Peter Brock gave the A9X a dream debut by winning the 1977 Hang Ten 400 at Sandown. However, after he put his Torana on pole position, the A9X ultimately lost its debut Bathurst race in 1977 to the Ford Falcons of Allan Moffat and Colin Bond. The A9X package was soon refined and proved dominant during the following two seasons of touring-car racing in Australia. Drivers Peter Brock and Bob Morris were victorious in the 1978 and 1979 Australian Touring Car Championships, respectively, and A9Xs shared by Peter Brock and Jim Richards won the 1978 and 1979 Bathurst 1000s. In a show of the A9X’s superiority, Brock and Richards won the 1979 race by a record six laps, with Brock setting the touring-car lap record on the last lap of the race.
Calling all Holden collectors!! This car is for you!! A stunning representation of an A9X Hatchback finished in Palais White with Tan Trim. According to the Holden Historical Services Production Report the A9X was originally produced at GM-H’s Dandenong plant on the 8th of November 1977 and then retailed through J. N. Caldwell (Holdings) PTY. LTD. in Crow’s Nest in Sydney. Of the 405 A9X vehicles produced this example was#199 in the production scheduled sequence and is only one of 100 Hatchback versions produced. The A9X is a beautiful example that has never been restored but instead jus lovingly cared for and maintained by all its owners over its 45-year existence. Both the outside and the inside are in superb condition without any modifications. The undercarriage is a perfect gauge as to how honest this A9X truly is with lots of factory markings and tags still clear. All the bushes, bearings etc have been replaced also. The car still sits on its original “231” rims too. Prior to the current owner the car spent approximately 25 years in Canberra. The odometer displays just over 64,000 careful kilometres. The original exhaust, fuel tank and radiator are still with the vehicle. Rarely do such examples of this model become available so do not hesitate to make an appointment to inspect this true piece of Holden motoring history.