1974 Holden Torana TA 1.3 from Australia and New Zealand
I punctured the carby rubber trying to tune it.
Distributor made the car jerky; replaced.
Brake master cylinder replaced as pedal sank to the floor.
Rust hole in front inner wing; lump of glassfibre fixed that!
This was the interim TA model, bridging the gap between the small engined 'slope-backs' & the Gemini which was yet to be released.
It had a very sturdy body that would cope with anything. Sturdy build as well. But the performance was lousy until you got it up to a cruising speed, after which it would cruise on 100km/h all day.
The gear lever was so short that changing gear made me look like I was searching for something in the passenger foot well. I chose routes that called for minimal changes as my shoulder would hurt!
Maintenance was cheap & mine was one of the best early Torana's on the road. Alas, I didn't appreciate it that much & after getting a company van to drive, I left it to rot until it was noticed with a flat tyre & a defect notice slapped on it by the council. It was towed away & scrapped.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th March, 2006