Torana A9X up for auction
Genuine GMP&A race shell with low kms may set an auction record.
The latest classic Aussie muscle car to surface amid the COVID-induced boom in auction sales is a 1977 Holden LX Torana A9X hatch.
Consigned with Lloyds Auctions and going across the block this Saturday, 26 June, the Torana is described as one of 33 ‘GMP&A’ cars produced by GM-H specifically for racing and sold through General Motors Parts & Accessories, which was the GM-H parts division.
Compared to a regular production LX Torana hatch, the 33 GMP&A cars featured double seam welding, thinner rear glass, lighter door hinges, radio delete and no sound deadening, amongst other changes. All 33 cars were painted white.
With a listed odometer reading of 475km, this car is almost certainly the same unit that went to auction with another company in 2018. That car was originally prepared for competition with Pat Burke Racing in Sydney, but never raced, which explains the 475kms on the odometer, nor was it registered. While details of the running gear were not provided back then, the car was maintained, though, and apparently started regularly.
The A9X carries the same 475km as listed with Lloyds, who sold a similar machine – with only 14km on the odometer – for $500,000 back in 2018, as well as an A9X raced by John Harvey that sold for $910,000 last November.
While this example is unlikely to reach the same heights, it should go close to the $500K mark when it comes up for auction this weekend.
“This is the holy grail of Holden motor collector cars in Australia, since Holden closed their doors many muscle car enthusiasts are mourning the loss of performance cars, and there has since been a resurgence in these classic cars,” said Lee Hames, Chief Operations Officer for Lloyds Auctions.
“With the Holden prices weve seen achieved at auction in the last six months, we certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see this car break records once again.”
This 1977 Torana A9X will go under the hammer from 12pm this Saturday 26 June, with onsite and online bidding.