“It’s been a 12-year build,” Mark said. “It’s been painted for the past five years, but I just wanted to get everything perfect. It’s taken a very long time to source some of the parts I’ve needed; I really wanted to follow that resto-mod theme and keep it true to its original form. It’s an SL Torana, and we wanted to dress it as an SL Torana.”
The car was a six-cylinder auto from the factory, but it now packs a red 308 stroked to 383ci, with VN heads and a 750 Holley. The engine is backed by a Supra five-speed manual and a modified banjo rear end with a reinforced housing, Truetrac and 28-spline axles.
The colour is Volkswagen Tossa Blue, and the interior has been treated to a factory-inspired re-trim that’s been subtly personalised to suit Mark’s tastes.
“It has an original-style shifter so that when you look inside it looks period-correct,” he said. “I was very particular about everything sitting, fitting and operating correctly in the car. It’s a neat cruiser for my wife and my three kids.”