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Torana barn find to go under the hammer

Flamenco Red 1977 Torana A9X Hatchback

For enthusiasts it’s a dream - finding that ‘one of a kind’ dust-covered collectable.

Discoveries like these are called ‘barn finds.’ And one of the rarest, a 1977 Torana A9X Hatchback, was recently found stored on blocks under a house for the past 12 years.

The Flamenco Red gem is expected to go under the hammer for around $120,000 at the Shannons Collector and Muscle car auction on July 24.

The A9X was the top-specified model. Features that set it apart from standard models include a Salisbury rear end and rear disc brakes, 3.08:1 differential (a 2.6:1 ratio was optional), steering gear bolted directly to the platform, front spoiler with brake cooling ducts and a bonnet with a large reverse air scoop.

Only 100 hatchbacks were made, plus 33 lightweight body shells. The A9X option was available in the SLR 5000 or the SS Hatchback LX Torana and with a L31 5-litre V8 to homologate the red rocket for the Bathurst 1000.

Holden enthusiasts are likely to flock to bid for this rare and desirable collector’s item.

For sale with no reserve, the car will be sold ‘as is’ with a letter of authenticity from the A9X Owners Association of Australia.