The 1972 LJ Torana models picked up features and refinements from the landmark Holden HQ series released the year prior. The hottest of all the small Toranas was the mighty LJ GTR XU-1. The XU-1 model incorporated a number of high performance features which boosted its bhp to 190 at 5600 rpm. The LJ GTR XU-1 was piloted to victory in the Hardie-Ferodo 500 (Bathurst 1000) at Mt Panorama by a young Peter Brock.
ENGINE: 3.31 litre six-cylinder
TRANSMISSIONS: Three-speed and four-speed manual gearbox and Tri-matic automatic transmission
MODELS: Torana 1200 Sedan, Deluxe Sedan, Torana S, Torana SL, Torana GTR and GTR XU-1
PRICE WHEN NEW: $3,165 – $3,455 (LJ Torana GTR and LJ Torana GTR XU-1)
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (SEDAN): Length: 4,387mm; Wheelbase 2,540mm; Width 1,544mm
IDENTIFICATION: Same nose and bumpers as LC Torana with with new ‘HQ’ style grille; new side moulding and three segment boxed tail lights. GTR XU-1: Blacked out grille; upper door frames; headlight bevels; rear of spoiler; tail light
and boot lid area; entire lower portion of car; fibreglass rear spoiler and steel front spoiler fitted; ‘GTR XU-1’ decals;
three slanted vertical louvres in front guard.