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308-cube Holden LX Torana - reader's car

By Carly Dale | Photos: Greg Forster, 13 May 2018 Features

308-cube Holden LX Torana - reader's car

Torana nut Kerri Weeding's silky-smooth purple LX dubbed Yoshi

This article on Kerri's LX Torana was originally published in the April 2018 issue of Street Machine magazine

KERRI Weeding’s a Torana nut, becoming afflicted with the disease after a chance sighting of a Torana mag when she was 15 years old. This set her on a solid Holden L-series path, culminating in ‘Yoshi’, the silky-smooth LX you see here.

Tell us how you got into Torries.

My family isn’t into cars, yet my first boyfriend’s dad was. I helped him work on cars and also came across a Torana-only magazine; it was love at first sight. I still have the mag to this day, having read it thousands of times.

Holden LX Torana onroadAnd you had a Torry as your first car?

I bought a $400 LC Torana project when I was 15 years old. When my neighbour Ian saw me with the LC, he headed over to offer a hand. That was our first meeting, which led us to becoming great mates; he helped me almost every day. Thanks to him I also watched my first Bathurst.

What happened with the LC?

I started on it, but it was in really poor condition, with a lot of damage in the rear. I soon realised that the cost of fixing it wasn’t worth it, so it went to the wreckers. Next, I had a Contessa Gold LX hatch, which was written off by a truck in 2003. After that I religiously trawled through the Trading Post each Thursday, calling every single advert for Torana hatchbacks. I ended up finding a green, four-cylinder Sunbird. I built that into Yoshi, the LX I have today.

Holden LX Torana rearThat’s a great hue!

I’d imagined a purple Torana done this way for a fair while. I wanted a colour that no one else had, so I had four different custom purples painted onto a VT guard to take with me everywhere I went for a week, to see it in all different lights. Paint is a big decision; gone are the days of $2000 resprays. The LX was set to be ready for our wedding, but the panel shop pulled the pin only five months out! I found another shop, yet they couldn’t do it in the timeframe, promising a year but taking two. Thankfully the body was almost perfect, with almost no rust or dents.

Holden Torana engine bayThat’s no four-banger up front!

My hubby Darryn and my mates in the Victorian Torana Club talked me into fitting the worked 308ci that we had lying around, and I definitely don’t regret it! Behind is a Trimatic with a stage II shift kit and 2500rpm stall, while the diff is a banjo with LSD and 3.08s.

Holden LX Torana interiorSo now it’s all cruising and car shows?

We unveiled it at the 2013 Newcastle Toranafest, running it in during the drive there and back. I was also privileged to be chosen for the all-female Northern Gals Girl Power car show last year. It’s awesome to be among like-minded women. I love cruising and showing Yoshi; through the car scene we now have great friends locally and interstate. Yet Yoshi wouldn’t be the car it is today without Darryn’s help – thank you!

Holden LX Torana