February 1972 saw the facelift and refinement of the Torana with the release of the LJ series.
Many features were brought into line with the larger HQ series, introduced in mid 1971.
The HQ derived steering column and steering wheel were fitted, along with adjustable head restraints
and impact absorbing interior sun visors. Even the new recessed plastic grille (six cylinder only)
bore a family resemblance to the HQ. The rear of the car had a new modular three piece tail light
assemblies. Other new items were the dash layout with relocated heater controls and an HQ style column
mounted ignition / steering lock. The instruments remained basically as before (on the GTR, some
minor gauge positions were swapped) and the radio was now mounted in the centre of the dash.
Suspension springs and shocks were improved for a smoother ride and the seating was redesigned for
better lateral support. All interior trim materials were also similar to those used in the HQ range.
The model lineup was the same as the late LC with four cylinder engines available in a two door Torana
1200 sedan and a two or four door Deluxe sedan, while the six cylinder cars appeared as the Torana S
two or four door and the SL four door sedans. The two door GTR remained and the GTR XU-1 was now in
The engine choice was increased with the four cylinder units now available in 1200, 1300 (both OHV)
and 1600 OHC varieties. The new 1300cc engine used in the Deluxe was offered with manual transmission
only (1300 Deluxe autos actually used the old series 70 69bhp 1159cc unit). Late in 1972, the 1600 OHC
was replaced by the 1760 OHC, a longer stroke version of the same Vauxhall slant four.
The six cylinder 2250 remained, as did the 2850 from the LC. However, the twin barrel 2850 S was
replaced by the 3300 for the GTR. While the 3300 (202ci) was lifted straight from the HQ Kingswood,
with no performance goodies, it provided greater torque and flexability than the old series GTR engine.
The GTR XU-1, however, now sported triple 175mm CD Stromberg sidedraught carburetors and further cam
modifications, developing 190bhp, making it a very formidable beast. The four speed XU-1 gearbox was
now the Australian four speed transmission, type M21 (introduced in late LC and with different
ratios from the HQ 308 M21).
By this time, the GTR XU-1 was acquitting itself very well on the race track and was undergoing
constant development, with each facet of the car being improved as required for racing until the
ultimate version was released in September 1972. It had stronger fine spline rear axels, tubular
exhaust headers (extractors) and 13 x 6 Globe Sprintmaster alloy wheels. The XU-1 engine features a
beefier block and pistons, a new head casting and a bigger cam, and boasted more than 200bhp (exact
figures were not published). It easily won Bathurst in 1972 with Peter Brock at the wheel.
On the normal six cylinder cars, the 3300 engine (previously exclusive to the GTR) was made optional
on the S and SL models in early 1973, making even these vehicles very quick transport. The 2850 motor
then became the standard six and the 2250 engine was dropped for local cars and used for export only.
At the same time, the 56bhp 1200 engine was also discontinued, and the baseline four cylinder model
became the Torana 1300.
- Rear side blinker repeaters now deleted.
- Trimatic now featured electric kickdown.
- GTR used HQ GTS steering wheel.
- All other models used HQ Kingswood steering wheel.
- 1973 and 1974 models had orange front blinkers and parking lights integral with the headlights
(same as late HQ).
- FUEL TANK ... 8 GALLONS ... 30 LITRES
- WHEELBASE (4-CYL) ... 95.8 INCHES ... 2433 mm
- WHEELBASE (4-CYL) ... 100 INCHES ... 2540 mm
- TRACK (FRONT 4) ... 51 INCHES ... 1295 mm
- TRACK (FRONT 6) ... 51.8 INCHES ... 1316 mm
- TRACK (FRONT GTR) ... 52.2 INCHES ... 1326 mm
- TRACK (REAR 4) ... 51 INCHES ... 1295 mm
- TRACK (REAR 6) ... 50.8 INCHES ... 1290 mm
- TRACK (REAR GTR) ... 51.2 INCHES ... 1300 mm
- HEIGHT ... 53 INCHES ... 1346 mm
- WIDTH ... 63 INCHES ... 1600 mm
- LENGTH (4-CYL) ... 162 INCHES ... 4115 mm
- LENGTH (6-CYL) ... 173 INCHES ... 4394 mm
- DOMESTIC ... 70 176
- EXPORT (WHOLE) ... 1 819
- EXPORT (CKD) ... 9 818
- TOTAL ... 81 813
COMP. / RATIO / OUTPUT ENG.NO. / PREFIX
- 1200 8.5 56 BHP -
- 1200HP 9.0 69 BHP -
- 1300 8.5 62 BHP -
- 1600 OHC 8.5 80 BHP -
- 1760 OHC 7.3 80 BHP -
- 2250 LC 7.8 90 BHP CC
- 2250 HCI 9.2 95 BHP CB
- 2850 LC 8.3 108 BHP CD
- 3300 LC 7.8 129 BHP JM
- 3300 HC 8.3 135 BHP JL
- 3300 XU-1 10.25 190 BHP JP
- FOUR CYLINDER
- FOUR SPEED MANUAL (FLOOR)
- THREE SPEED AUTOMATIC (TRIMATIC FLOOR)
- SIX CYLINDER
- THREE SPEED MANUAL (COLUMN)
- THREE SPEED MANUAL (FLOOR)
- FOUR SPEED MANUAL (OPEL - FLOOR)
- FOUR SPEED MANUAL (AUST - FLOOR)
- THREE SPEED AUTOMATIC (TRIMATIC F/C)
MODELS AND RELEASE DATES - 1973
- 3.98 (56 BHP AND FOUR SPEED MANUAL)
- 4.125 (56 BHP AUTO AND OTHER 4's)
- 3.08, 3.36, 3.55 (6-CYLINDER)
MODEL / 2-DOOR 4-DOOR / RELEASED AVAILABLE UNTIL / PRICE AT RELEASE
MODELS AND RELEASE DATES - 1973 +
- TORANA 1200 LJ/82211 - 4 FEB 1972 TA - MAR 1974 $2180
- TORANA 1300 DELUXE LJ/82411 LC/82469 4 FEB 1972 TA - MAR 1974 -
- TORANA 1600 DELUXE LJ/82811 LC/82869 4 FEB 1972 1760 - OCT 1972 -
- TORANA 1760 DELUXE LJ/82811 LC/82869 1 OCT 1972 TA - MAR 1974 -
- TORANA S (6) LJ/82311 LC/82369 4 FEB 1972 LH - MAR 1974 -
- TORANA SL (6) - LC/82569 4 FEB 1972 LH - MAR 1974 -
- TORANA GTR LJ/82911 - 4 FEB 1972 LH - MAR 1974 $2920
- TORANA GTR-XU1 LJ/82911
- (XU1) - 4 FEB 1972 LH - MAR 1974 -
MODEL / 2-DOOR 4-DOOR / RELEASED / AVAILABLE UNTIL / PRICE AT RELEASE
- TORANA 1200 8E11 - 4 FEB 1972 TA - MAR 1974 $2180
- TORANA 1300 DELUXE 8F11 8F69 4 FEB 1972 TA - MAR 1974 -
- TORANA 1600 DELUXE 8F11 8F69 4 FEB 1972 1760 - OCT 1972 -
- TORANA 1760 DELUXE 8F11 8F69 1 OCT 1972 TA - MAR 1974 -
- TORANA S (6) 8B11 8B69 4 FEB 1972 LH - MAR 1974 -
- TORANA SL (6) - 8C69 4 FEB 1972 LH - MAR 1974 -
- TORANA GTR 8D11 - 4 FEB 1972 LH - MAR 1974 $2920
- TORANA GTR-XU1 8D11 (XU1) - 4 FEB 1972 LH - MAR 1974 -
Date of Production:
February 1972 to March 1974.
Total Number Built:
1200cc four-cylinder (two versions).
1600cc four-cylinder w/OHC (later increased to 1760cc).
2250cc (138ci), 2850cc (173ci) & 3300cc (202ci) 6-cylinder.
3300cc (202ci) 200hp+ 6-cylinder (in GTR XU-1 only).
3-speed column-shift manual.
4-speed manual (Opel until July 1971, then M21).
3-speed GM automatic (Tri-matic).
GTR's - Two-Door only.
Other models - two or four-door.