Holden Dealer Team maestro, the late Harry Firth AOM, was quick to recognize the six-cylinder Torana's potential as a race winner and had a competition version under development even before the first GTRs appeared in dealer showrooms.
Code-named XU-1, Holden's secret weapon had a 3.1-litre '186' engine with triple CD Stromberg carburetors, which developed 119kW. To enhance high-speed stability and distinguish the car from the single-carburetor versions, a front air-dam and rear 'ducktail' spoiler were fitted.
The XU-1's first circuit appearance was as a Sports Sedan, more than three months before the official launch in August 1970. Six weeks later, a dozen XU-1s were lined up on the Bathurst 500 grid - ostensibly to win Class C but with the hope that fewer trips to the pits than Ford's much faster GTHOs would provide a first-up victory for the new car.
Throughout 1971, despite denials of any motor sport involvement, Holden constantly enhanced the XU-1 with modifications that could have no other purpose except to make it a more viable competition car. The updated LC XU-1 announced in September 1971 was far more competent than the raw-boned original, but its rivals had also lifted their game. At Bathurst a freight train of GTHO Phase III Falcons finished ahead of Colin Bond's fourth-placed XU-1, which crossed the line only marginally ahead of Moffat’s GTHO team mate, John French.
Out in the forest the story was somewhat different, with Bond making the more nimble Escorts and Datsuns look silly as he took the first of four Australian Rally Championships won by XU-1 Toranas.
Rarely offered for sale and decidedly rarer than the LJ XU-1, AMCS is pleased to offer for sale a genuine Yellow Dolly 1971 LC Torana XU-1. Running the matching numbers 3100X 186 six with genuine fully refurbished matching set of XU-1 1.5" Strombergs, warranty recall XU-1 head and genuine XU-1 manifold. The car is running the original Opel 4 speed gearbox and LSD Banjo.
Repainted on the outside around 2000, the car still features its all original black vinyl interior. The boot mat is still original and the car has its original fuel tank, fuel tank cover and Nibless spare and original tyre. The LC XU-1 has travelled an indicated 119,853 miles from new.
This is a stunning example of the LC XU-1 Torana that draws admiration from people wherever she goes. Riding on a set of Globe Sprintmaster wheels with good rubber.
In our Kingsgrove, Sydney showroom for your immediate inspection. (Ref. 5508)
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