HDT A9X Torana at Adelaide BMW

No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. That is a Bathurst liveried Marlboro HDT A9X Torana sitting on the showroom floor of Adelaide BMW.

My knowledge of these cars isn’t deep enough to know if this is the real deal or not, but it looked quite legit to me. The hand welded aluminium drop-tank, basic polished alloy roll cage and period seats all point to this car being genuine, or at least a very good replica. Does anyone else out there have any more info on this car?

 

If this example is genuine, it is the sister 1979 car to Peter Brock’s famous 05 A9X, the two forming the Holden Dealer Team. It was raced in the ATCC by John Harvey, who was partnered by Ron Harrop at Bathurst that year. Yes, the same Ron Harrop who went on to form the famous Harrop Engineering business.

Number 26 didn’t have the same fortunes as 05 (victory by Brock and Jim Richards) at Bathurst in 1979. It ran as high as second place, but with Harrop behind the wheel the brakes failed on lap 57, sending the Torana heavily into the barriers at XL bend. The wreck was purchased by the HDT paint and panel guy, who restored it back to perfect condition and kept it out of the public eye for the next 30 years.

The genuine car is now part of the famous Bowden collection, where it resides with the 05 car once more. So its really got me thinking – is this real deal?

Genuine or not, it was a refreshing change from the sea of grey and black BMW’s.

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10 Comments

  1. Alvin Chua September 5, 2012 Reply

    it is the real deal - bought by Chris McInerney (brother of Kym the Dealer principal) - also owns the Group A VC commodore race car in there last week!

    • Andrew Coles September 5, 2012 Reply

      Thanks for the info Alvin, that was fast! That makes perfect sense then, although I'm a little disappointed now that I missed the VC!

  2. Tom Gilbert September 6, 2012 Reply

    Hi Andrew, good spotting! The car belongs to Chris Keene of Adelaide BMW. It is there for the Legends of Motorsport dinner which is being held Saturday night. My understanding is that yes, it is original but will report back as I am lucky enought to be attending the dinner.

  3. Tom Gilbert September 6, 2012 Reply

    Andrew, there will be more cars there Saturday. Ring Chris Keene and ask if you can have a sneak preview Sat arvo.

    • Andrew Coles September 6, 2012 Reply

      Thanks for the info Tom, I knew it would be something like that! I'll give Chris a call today and see if we can organise something. Enjoy the dinner, you'll have to tell me how it goes!

  4. Jeremy Browne September 6, 2012 Reply

    Interesting that it has it’s original “Marlboro” signwriting as allowed under Commonwealth Law, but the Australian Grand Prix would not allow my genuine “Marlboro” Lancia onto the track!

    Jeremy Browne

    • Andrew Coles September 6, 2012 Reply

      It's a Holden mate, always willing to make an exception for an Aussie icon! None of this weird euro-peean rubbish! :)

  5. gavin farquhar September 7, 2012 Reply

    knowing that vince keene was the gentleman behind the start of what became the brock legacy in time he had a vc street brock on the showroom as well and still has original paper work from the time he owned what is now metro holden in adelaide

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