History of the Holden Torana A9X
The Holden Torana was introduced in August 1977 at the Sandown 500 Endurance. The A9X Torana was released by G.M.H without any advertising or promotion, to ensure the vehicle stayed ‘scarce’. The A9X was introduced as a ‘Performance Equipment Package’ option instead of a special model and was available with the LX Torana SS or SL/R with the 5.0 litre, 308 cubic inch V8 engine. The changes to the A9X were so significant that it really did qualify as a specific model.
Retail prices started at $10,600 (plus on-road costs). All A9X Toranas were compliant between August 1977 and December 1977, with the exception of one vehicle being compliment in January 1978. Unlike published articles, the A9X was a slow seller with the available colours being undesirable.