Born in 1974 following the early '70s supercar scare, which killed off attempts to build a 308 V8-powered LJ series XU-1s (aka XU-2). Holden subsequently released the bigger LH Torana range, which featured four, six and eight-cylinder engines. At the top of the sporting tree was the SL/R 5000, a car with all the usual sporting add-ons, such as paint blackouts, sports steering wheel, full instrumentation and front and rear spoilers and powered by a standard-spec 308 engine.
Peter Brock raced a HDT-prepared and entered SL/R 5000 in the last two rounds of his successful 1974 Australian Touring Car Championship attack, winning both events.
Despite this early success, it was decided a more powerful and stronger car was needed to beat the Falcon GTs of Allan Moffat, John Goss and Murray Carter in long distance races and thus the L34 option was created.
Built for the road as required by the CAMS rules of the day, the L34 was identified by round headlights, bolt-on fibreglass wheel arch extensions and Monaro-style wheels.
Holden made some significant changes to the L34 SL/R 5000 creating a high profile race car that included an upgrade to the engine block, new bearings, pistons, connecting rods, cap bolts, polished heads with 1.95" inlet valves and a fantastic 1.61" exhaust. The new race car had push rods with guide plates and needle bearings with a twin point distributor including twin coils, a machined intake manifold, a carburettor adaptor, anti-surge baffles, a bigger fuel pump with a larger line, a better radiator, the flywheel was lighter and the clutch was much stronger, and a manual choke.
The L34 SL/R 5000s handling was also improving with modifications to the suspension and brakes and by adding sports wheels. There were no special emblems or badges to distinguish it as an L34 SL/R 5000; however, it did have those signature bolt on flares letting everyone know that this was something quite special.
At Bathurst in 1974, Brock's L34 SL/R 5000 was six laps ahead of the rest of the field by lap 118 before oil surge problems forced him to retire. The Falcons won again with Goss and Bartlett's Falcon GT Hardtop winning with the L34 SL/R 5000 in second, third and fourth places. Still a good run, but not what Holden wanted. However, in 1975 Peter Brock came back with a vengeance and won at Bathurst with L34s in 2nd and 3rd as well. The same was true in 1976 with another 1,2,3 for the L34.
For sale is one of only 263 L34 Toranas ever built. In stunning Chrome Yellow with black vinyl trim, this L34 was rotisserie restored in 2013. The car is all matching numbers and runs the optional Bathurst camshaft and the bigger Holley carburettor. All the L34 parts are there including the headers, twin point distributor, twin pick up, twin coil and port matched heads with big values.
With only 90,673 original kilometres on the clock this is a superb example of one of the most significant Holden race cars and homologation specials ever built. To top it off, this L34 has been signed by two of the legends of Australian Motor Sports - Peter Brock and Harry Firth. The car was originally sold through Preston Motors, South Melbourne.
Riding on widened GTS rims with 15 x 8 inch front and massive 15 x 10 inch rear and excellent tyres, BF Goodrich 225/50/R15 91V (Gforce sport) front and Michelin 295/40/R15 87V (Racing) rear.
The L34 comes with historic QLD registration with 1974 L34 custom plates available to a Queensland purchaser.
Located in Central Queensland. Offers over $350,000 invited.
(AMCS Ref: 5754)
AMCS will gladly arrange a video inspection/road test of the car using WhatsApp, and of course there is no issue with door to door freight delivery anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.
Offers over $350,000
L34 - HZ 16668