1972 HOLDEN LJ TORANA - READER'S CAR OF THE WEEK

Emily Naughton was raised in a car-mad family, and has very recently upgraded her '71 VW Bug to this stunningly original ’72 LJ Torana sedan

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QUEENSLAND’S Emily Naughton was raised in a car-mad family, and after kicking around for a while in a ’71 Volkswagen Bug, she has very recently upgraded to this stunningly original ’72 LJ Torana sedan. Still powered by a ridgey-didge 173ci six-pot and resplendent in its beautiful gold duco, the car is an ultra-rare stocker that’s in outstanding shape.

This article on Emily's Torana was originally published in the August 2017 issue of Street Machine

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Beaut little Torana, Emily!

Thanks! I bought it about three months ago so I haven’t had it for long. I sourced it from a close friend at Parry Road Performance. I don’t know much about the history of the car, but it only has 41,000 miles on it, and it’s completely original.

Holden Torana interior
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What got you involved with cars?

I’ve always been into old-school cars. I had my Beetle before the Torana, and my family has been into Holdens my whole life; I grew up around them. My brother has an HQ ute and my partner has an HQ sedan, too. When I was young my dad had a ’57 Chev sedan, and now he has a pink and white Chevy wagon.

What was it about the Torana that appealed to you?

I love how it looks so tidy and original, and I don’t want to change anything about it. I want to keep it stock and look after it because it’s going to be worth a fair bit of money one day.

Holden  Torana engine bay
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How often do you get out in it?

I drive it most weekends, as long as there’s something on. I take it to lots of cruises and shows, or just out for a drive. I generally only drive it on weekends; I don’t get it out much during the week.

Are many of your girlfriends into cars?

I don’t have a lot of girlfriends who drive old-school cars, except for my friend Kylie Blake. She has a genuine XU-1 Torana, and we go cruising together a lot. But even my friends who aren’t into cars appreciate the Torana and enjoy it when I take them out in it.

Emily Naughton
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Any grand plans for the car?

I just want to drive it and enjoy it. The paint has already been tidied up a bit and it’s in really good shape; everything else is exactly as it left the factory and hasn’t been restored. You definitely don’t see many of them like that these days!

 

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