My mum had one as a kid, my dad worked at Gen­eral Mo­tors and I al­ways liked them. Plus I’m short and can reach the ped­als! I was driv­ing an LJ as a daily driver about 20 years ago and de­cided I wanted some­thing a bit more so­phis­ti­cated, so I thought an LX usu­ally has a ra­dio, f low-through ven­ti­la­tion and wind-back seats, so I started look­ing for a hatch. I drove past this one at the Holden 50th cel­e­bra­tion at Al­bert Park Lake. I worked my way back to find it, it had a for sale sign on it, but it was gone.

It popped up in the Trad­ing Post the fol­low­ing Jan­uary. I’ve still got the ad. She was the sec­re­tary at North­point Holden and this was a demo car. I looked at the pa­per­work and I picked it up 21 years to the day af­ter she bought the car.

I bought it in 1999. I paid five and a half for it and it had a set of Drag­ways on it. It looked like a lizard with th­ese wheels hang­ing out the side. I sold the Drag­ways for $500 and put the stan­dard wheels back on – it prob­a­bly cost me $100 for the hub­caps.

I watched the value head up to 15, 20, 25 and I now need to up the in­sur­ance on it – it’s quite crazy. I like that it’s an orig­i­nal survivor car, it hasn’t been messed with. One of the seats is a bit ripped – it’s not pretty but it’s hon­est.

OP­PO­SITE Sharon is a true Torana tragic. She also owns the mauve XU-1 fea­tured here.

RIGHT The orig­i­nal 253 still hums along.

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