The 1972 Hardie-Ferodo 500 was held on 1 October, 1972 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst in New South Wales. Cars competed in four classes defined by Capacity Price Units, where the engine capacity, expressed in litres was multiplied by the purchase price in Australian dollars to arrive at a CP value for each vehicle. It was the 13th running of the Bathurst 500 race and the last to be held over the original distance of 500 miles. It was also the last to allow drivers to compete for the full distance without a relief driver.
Aussie Muscle Car fans will remember this rain soaked race won by 27 year old Peter Brock driving a Holden Dealer Team prepared Torana LJ XU-1, the first of Brock's record nine victories in which Brock finished a lap ahead of Queensland racer John French driving an XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III. And this was despite Brock being penalised one minute at his last pit stop for starting his car while the HDT crew were still re-fueling. A further lap behind was the Valiant Charger E49 of Doug Chivas. The Hardie-Ferodo 500 created two legends on that day. Brock and the XU-1.
AMCS is proud to present for sale this genuine August, 1972 Bathurst LJ GTR XU-1 Torana. And she's a little ripper! In factory Dublin Green Metallic with Black vinyl trim, this Torana XU-1 has been kept as close to original and correct factory specifications as possible. Sold originally through Suttons Motors, Homebush, NSW this Bathurst bred Tory was one of a limited run produced in order to homologate componentry for the 1972 Bathurst 500. Built at the Acacia Ridge GMH plant in Brisbane, this LJ is running a period correct JP block with correct head, intake manifold, exhaust and diff. And that wonderful Premium 98 is still pumped through this little beasts veins through the correct triple CD Strombergs.
Gears are swapped through an original 899 Aussie close ratio M20 gearbox and the 3.36 ratio limited slip diff. The black interior is all original except for a re-trim to the front seats. Rear seat, door cards, belts and headlining are all original. The original AM radio is still installed. Showing 60,683 kilometres, the car was repainted in acrylic paint in the 1990s and still presents in very good condition to this day with no rust or damage apparent. The XU-1 also features many day one Torana markings including the stenciled XU-1 on the gearbox housing and the number 36 marking on the tail shaft. Also refer to the photos in the gallary showing the diff baffles standard on the XU-1 only.
This car is well known to the GTR & XU-1 Owners club of NSW INC and has been a part of their membership since early 2000. Full ownership history known. Owned by the current Torana enthusiast since 2015 and used in club displays, including a twice a year pilgrimage from Sydney to Phillip Island and Sandown. Come and check out this stunning little XU-1, because .... WHEN YOU'RE HOT - YOU'RE HOT!
North Western, Sydney car. Available for inspection in Parramatta, NSW. Or if you are unable to travel due to Covid restrictions, AMCS will gladly arrange a video inspection of the car using WhatsApp and of course there is no issue with door to door freight delivery anywhere in Australia or New Zealand. (Ref. 5577)