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LH TORANA

The LH Torana, announced in March 1974, was Holden's first all Australian medium car. Earlier Toranas had varied from pure Vauxhall to Australian variations on the English chassis. However, the new LH Torana series was almost a HQ built on a smaller scale.

With all mechanical and body parts Australian designed and built (except the Opel sourced 1900 four cylinder engine), this series was the first Holden to be offered with four, six or eight cylinder engines. It was also one of the few cars in the world so built. The MGB, Mustang, 1970's Capri and, later, the Australian V-series Commodore and Chevrolet Camaro were among the others.

The LH was designed as a replacement of the long wheel base six cylinder LC and LJ series and the six cylinder version accounted for the bulk of the sales. The new car capitalized on the previous series' strong points such as good power to weight ratio, good handling, solid build and reliability. The new, contemporary body gave more interior room than the previous Toranas and also had many improvements in body serviceability with bigger, stronger bumpers and bolt on front sheet metal (previous models had front guards and aprons welded on).

The model lineup consisted of a four door sedan in three trim levels. The entry car was the Torana S, next came the Torana SL and then the Torana SL/R. The S and SL were available with four, six or eight cylinder engines (up to 4.2 litre) while the SL/R came with the 3300 six as standard equipment and both V8s optional. A wagon version of the LH reached the prototype stage, however it did not make it to the production line.

When the SL/R was optioned with the 5.0 litre V8, it was badged the SL/R 5000 and was identified by large front and rear air dams (spoilers) and SL/R 5000 decals on the front guards and on the rear spoiler (note: no wheel arch flares, alloy or sports wheels). This car, in pre production form, was known as the GTR XU-2. (The XU-2 tag was not used for the stillborn LJ V8, as is commonly thought).

For touring car racing, and Bathurst in particular, Holden released the Torana SL/R 5000 L34 option package in mid 1974. If you thought the normal SL/R 5000 was a quick car, the L34 was something else again! Externally, it could be identified by bolt on wheel arch flares and bigger 14 x 6 steel rally wheels, but the real news was under the bonnet. The motor was based on the standard 5.0 litre (308) block, with stronger rods and pistons, heads with modified ports and bigger valves, roller rockers, two piece tubular exhaust headers, modified inlet manifold and twin coil / twin point ignition. It ran a high pressure fuel pump with the standard Rochester Q-jet carby modified with a manual choke. Additionally available on this engine was the so called High Output package. This was full on racetrack gear with an engine oil cooler, an even larger camshaft, a 780cfm vacuum secondary Holley carburetor and other minor modifications. The drive train consisted of the GM-H M21 four speed box, fine spline heavy duty rear axles, HQ 10 inch rear drum brakes and 11 inch ventilated front discs, both with the HQ wheel stud pattern. Other external appearance changes were the deletion of the black stripe on the front guards and also the sill panels and rear beaver panel were no longer painted black. In addition, the rubber bumper bar strips, boot mat and centre console were not fitted.

As for the rest of the range, the four cylinder models had seven inch round headlights and a different grille from that of the six cylinder and V8 cars. All the sixes and eights had rectangular headlights except the L34, which had the same seven inch round items as the four cylinder cars.

The engine lineup consisted of the 1900cc four cylinder cam in head unit, imported from Opel in Germany, through to the Holden six cylinder 2250 (export only), 2850 and 3300 Red engines, carried over from the LJ and HQ (called 173 and 202 in the HQ). The V8s were the 4.2 and 5.0 litre powerplants straight from the larger cars (called the 253 and 308 in the HQ), while the L34 5.0 litre was exclusive to the LH.

Manual and auto transmissions were all off the shelf GM-H components from LJ and HQ models. The SL/R 5000 was only available with the M21 four speed floor shift manual. The gearbox initially used behind the Opel 1900 engine was the Australian M20 four speed with an extended shift linkage due to its different mounting location. This was replaced in early 1975 with the MC6 Filipino built Torquemaster four speed with its internal shift linkage (Australian built manual transmission had linkages that were externally mounted). Differential were all Holden banjo style units, mounted as in the LJ and HQ series with four trailing arm links and coil springs.

The S model had a front bench seat and nine inch drum brakes all round and fairly basic trim and instrumentation. The SL had front bucket seats, carpeting, walnut grain dash, clock, power front disc brakes and rubber bumper bar strips. The SL/R gained full instrumentation, radial ply tyres, rally striping and a four speed floor shift manual (lesser models had a three speed column manual, with the four speed manual and the Trimatic auto both optional).

There were two limited build fixed option packages offered in the LH. Early 1975 saw the Torana G-Pak. This was similar to the HQ SS and came as a Torana S with a 3300 engine, M20 four speed transmission, power front discs, front bucket seats, SL/R instrumentation and wheel trims and exclusive G-Pak striping and badging. It was available in three colours only (red, yellow and green).

Late 1975 saw the Plus 4. this package was introduced to provide sales interest in the four cylinder range and came with front bucket seats, full carpeting, clock and power front disc brakes. It was identified by large 'Plus 4' decals on the rear guards and rear panel and 'Torana' decals on the front apron and rear panel. It was offered only in red, yellow or green with colour coded SL/R type wheel trims. The front and rear bumpers were painted black to match the wide side striping.

As with the LC and LJ, the LH was made in left hand drive form for export, in S and SL versions only.

MINOR FEATURES

DIMENSIONS

      IMPERIAL   METRIC
FUEL TANK   ... 12 GALLONS ... 55 LITRES
WHEELBASE   ... 101.8 INCHES ... 2586 mm
TRACK (FRONT) ... 55 INCHES ... 1400 mm
TRACK (FRONT L34) ... 57.2 INCHES ... 1453 mm
TRACK (REAR) ... 54 INCHES ... 1372 mm
TRACK (REAR L34) ... 56.1 INCHES ... 1425 mm
HEIGHT   ... 54 INCHES ... 1372 mm
WIDTH   ... 67.1 INCHES ... 1704 mm
LENGTH   ... 176.9 INCHES ... 4493 mm

PRODUCTION

DOMESTIC ... 60 539
EXPORT (WHOLE) ... 258
EXPORT (CKD) ...   9 387
TOTAL ... 70 184

ENGINE

  COMP.
RATIO
OUTPUT ENG.NO.
PREFIX
1900 LC
(EXPORT)
8.6 100 BHP Y
1900 HC 9.0 102 BHP Y
2250 LC
(EXPORT)
7.8 90 BHP HC
2250 HC
(EXPORT)
9.2 95 BHP HB
2850 LC 8.3 112 BHP HE
2850 HC 9.4 118 BHP HD
3300 LC
(EXPORT)
7.8 129 BHP HM
3300 HC 9.4 135 BHP HL
4.2 V8 9.0 185 BHP HR
5.0 V8 9.0 240 BHP HT
5.0 V8 9.7 250 BHP HT
5.0 L34 V8 9.8 240+ BHP HZ

TRANSMISSION

  SPEED SHIFT POS OTHER
MC6 4 MAN FLOOR EXPORT
M15 3 MAN COL RHD
MC2 3 MAN COL LHD
M20 4 MAN FLOOR AUST
M21 4 MAN FLOOR 5.0
M21 4 MAN FLOOR 5.0 L34
M40 3 AUTO FLOOR
/ COL
TRIMATIC

FINAL DRIVE

BANJO - 2.78, 3.08, 3.36, 3.55, 3.90
LIMITED SLIP OPT

MODELS AND RELEASE DATES

MODEL CODE OPTION RELEASED AVAILABLE
UNTIL
PRICE AT
RELEASE
TORANA S 1900 8UG69 - 4 MAR 1974 LX - FEB 1976 -
TORANA PLUS 4 8UG69 A8L 29 AUG 1975 LIMITED RUN $4525
TORANA SL 1900 8UH69 - 4 MAR 1974 LX - FEB 1976 -
TORANA S (6/V8) 8VB69 - 4 MAR 1974 LX - FEB 1976 $3205 (2850)
TORANA SL (6/V8) 8VC69 - 4 MAR 1974 LX - FEB 1976 -
TORANA G PAK (I) 8VC69 XV1 12 FEB 1975 LIMITED RUN $4983
TORANA G PAK (II) 8VC69 XV1 5 NOV 1975 LIMITED RUN $4983
TORANA SLR 8VD69 - 4 MAR 1974 LX - FEB 1976 -
TORANA SLR 5000 8VD69 XU2 4 MAR 1974 LX - FEB 1976 $4415
TORANA SLR 5000 L34 8VD69 L34 JUL 1974 LIMITED RUN - 260 $6609

PAINT CODES

  GMH DULON BERGER TYPE
ABSINTH YELLOW 1886 15949 1D008 SOLID
CASINO BLUE   17297 1B022 SOLID
CHARMOIS 1887 15950 1G009 SOLID
COTILLION WHITE   15951 1J007 SOLID
DURHAM BEIGE   15952 1G016 SOLID
JAMAICA LIME   17342 1C038 SOLID
MANDARIN RED 1890 15953 1F072 SOLID
NUTRIA   15956 1G029 SOLID
ANTELOPE 1894 15940 2G006 METALLIC
CLARET   15941 2F004 METALLIC
CONTESSA GOLDE 1896   2D002 METALLIC
CYCLAMEN   15942 2A003 METALLIC
DEAUVILLE BLUE   15944 2B016 METALLIC
JADE GREEN   15945 2C010 METALLIC
PERSIAN SAND 1925   2G024 METALLIC
SAFRON   15823   METALLIC
SATIN MIST   30183 2J007 METALLIC
SEPIA   15948 2G026 METALLIC

TRIM CODES

  GMH TRIM CODE TRIM CODE
DOVE GREY   17055 / 17084 / 17210
SLATE BLACK    
JADE   17054 / 17263
CHARMOIS 1821-19X 17053 / 17214
GAZELLE   17052 / 17215
CHESTNUT 1881-66X