Rare Holden Found In Bricked Up Garage Could Fetch $1Million Under The Hammer

The 'holy grail' of Holden collector cars in Australia has only clocked up 14km in the last 30 years.

What you need to know
  • A rare 1977 Holden Torana A9X could fetch up to $1 million when it goes up for auction on Saturday
  • The classic car has clocked up less than 15km and was kept in a bricked garage for 30 years before it was found
  • It was originally used for a promotional giveaway competition in a magazine

It's a collector's dream. A rare Holden Torana A9X which was recovered after being kept inside a bricked up garage with no doors for over three decades, will go under the hammer on Saturday.

The Torana, which  has  clocked only 14.4 km on the odometer since 1977 boasts a significant history, having been the actual car that was in the 'Win this Brand New Classic' competition in Street Machine magazine.

The rare model -- one of only 33 in existence -- could fetch more than $1 million when its auctioned off with other classics in Bathurst tomorrow, having already garnered a $325,000 bid online by Friday.

Source: Lloyds Auctioneers and Valuers

The white 4-speed manual hatchback was produced by Holden for the race teams in 1977.

It's owner GMH executive Tony Connelly intended to race the car but never did, eventually selling it to Street Machine magazine for a promotional giveaway, Lloyds Classic Car Auctions said on their website.

Lloyds described the vehicle as the "holy grail of collector Holden motor collector cars in Australia."

The auctioneers believe it could fetch a hefty bid over the weekend, with the recent closure of local production of Holden and Ford in Australia, spurring a resurgence of interest in classic cars.

Source: Lloyds Auctioneers and Valuers

“It was very exciting uncovering this car from where it had been kept for just over 30 years and further realising just how important the history of this car is to Australian motorsport,”  Head Auctioneer Bill Freeman said.

Documents that comes with the car include the original receipt  to Connolly, original production line build sheets, and copies of the Street Machine magazine that shows the car.