The next era of Toranas (LC) appeared in October 1969 and have been to be had with either a 4- or six-cylinder engine. The inline six had a capacity of 138 cu in (badged as the ‘2250’); a greater-powerful 161 cu in engine (badged because the ‘2600’) was optionally available. The six-cylinder vehicles had an extended wheelbase (a hundred in towards the 95.Eight inches (2,430 mm) of four-cylinder models), a greater aggressively styled, slightly longer nose to accommodate the bigger engine, and offered a preference of 3- or 4-velocity guide gearbox or a three-speed Trimatic automatic transmission. The Torana became Wheels mag’s Car of the Year for 1969.
The 4-cylinder engine was to begin with of 1159 cc, and supplied either fifty six or sixty nine hp (forty two or fifty one kW). The extra powerful Brabham version became discontinued. In July 1971, a larger overhead cam 1.6-litre engine with eighty hp (60 kW) became introduced; this engine was also sourced from Vauxhall within the UK. The 1600 acquired a reinforced gearbox, as properly.
Body patterns had been all new and available in both two- or 4-door variations, and have been provided in base (4-cylinder only), S, or SL trims. A two-door sports activities model, the GTR, had the 2600S motor with a two-barrel Stromberg WW carburettor and front discs as fashionable. Front discs brakes have been an alternative for all different fashions. Bucket the front seats were general for all LCs, with a front bench seat non-obligatory for 4-door S and SL six-cylinder fashions. Later in production (July 1971), the 161-ci engine was changed with a larger 173-ci version (badged because the ‘2850’) which additionally made it into the last of the LC GTR motors in two-barrel form (2850S).
In August 1970, the first actual performance Torana, the GTR XU-1, turned into developed through Holden along with Harry Firth of the Holden Dealer Team for competition in famous Series Production racing collection in Australia, in addition to in off-road rallying. However, the main reason of the Torana GTR XU-1 become to keep Holden competitive towards the big and powerful Ford Falcon GT-HO V8s inside the Hardie-Ferodo 500 (Bathurst) endurance race that a few bear in mind to be the jewel in the crown of Australian motorsport.
The LC Torana GTR XU-1 changed into ready with a 160-brake horsepower 186-cu in (three-litre) six-cylinder engine, equipped with three Zenith-Stromberg CD-a hundred and fifty carburettors, solid iron headers, a performance cylinder head and camshaft, and an Opel 4-speed guide gearbox. This automobile featured a rear spoiler, shield flutes, wider metal rims, complete instrumentation, and the front disc brakes as preferred. The Torana GTR XU-1 proved to be a strong performer on each the street and tune because of its favourable power/weight ratio. It quickly received recognition in Australia, being a great race automobile in lots of varieties of motor game, especially Series Production touring automobile racing and rallying. It effectively replaced the V8 Monaro GTS 350 as Holden’s frontline track race vehicle in 1970, triumphing many travelling automobile and rally activities, but for the famed Bathurst 500-mile (800 km) race which Ford won in 1970 and 1971 with its XW Phase Two and XY Phase Three Falcon GT-HOs, respectively.
Holden built a complete of seventy four,627 LC Torana.