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LJ XU-1 Pro­duc­tion

The

im­por­tance of mo­tor rac­ing to Holden was ev­i­denced by John Bagshaw’s re­quest to have LJ ‘Start of Pro­duc­tion’ moved for­ward from the ini­tial date of Fe­bru­ary 25,1972 to Jan­uary 19. The first round of the South Pa­cific Tour­ing Car Se­ries was on March 6, and a min­i­mum of 200 cars had to be built prior to March 1, in or­der to meet CAMS ho­molo­ga­tion re­quire­ments.

There were a num­ber of amend­ments to ho­molo­ga­tion through­out the rac­ing life of the LJ.

A to­tal of 1393 LJ XU-1s were pro­duced in 1972. Only seven XU-1s were com­pleted in July – prepa­ra­tion for the forth­com­ing V8 XU-1 would ac­count for this low vol­ume. Two hun­dred were built in Au­gust. The 200 Bathurst-spec cars were pro­duced in Septem­ber 1972. free­doms for rac­ing com­pared to Se­ries Pro­duc­tion that had con­tested the Bathurst clas­sic to that point, how­ever there was still a need for ho­molo­ga­tion of min­i­mum build num­bers.

The most ob­vi­ous vis­ual change for ’73 was the free­dom of wheels, which al­lowed the To­rana GTR XU-1 to go from 6” wide wheels to 8” front and 9” rear wheels. There were changes un­der the bon­net too, most no­tably the re­place­ment of the stan­dard trio of sin­gle-bar­rel Stromberg

1973 saw a fur­ther 786 XU-1s pro­duced, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of LJ XU-1s pro­duced to 2179. The 150 Bathurst spe­cials were built in Au­gust and Septem­ber. The fi­nal Ade­laide­pro­duced XU-1 was com­pleted on Septem­ber 18, 1973 with the date of com­ple­tion of the fi­nal Bris­bane built XU-1 be­ing Novem­ber 19. John Bagshaw 175CDs with three 58mm DCOE We­bers.

Al­lan Mof­fat and GT-HO Phase III’s dom­i­na­tion of the first four rounds gave him a cham­pi­onship lead that Brock and the HDT could not peg back, de­spite the XU-1 win­ning three of the fi­nal four rounds of the se­ries.

The fac­tory Ford team’s new-shape XA hard­tops were com­ing on-stream for the 1973 en­durance sea­son, but HDT chief Harry Firth still had an ace up his sleeve ahead of the big­gest event of the year. Our pris­tine fea­ture car proves that 1973 Bathurst XU-1s came in colours other than white, a com­mon mis­con­cep­tion about these cars.

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