In Our Garage with John Spencer's 1974 Holden Torana

John purchased his Holden Torana 10 years ago and said he had customised it to suit his taste.

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Tell us about your car?

It's a Holden Torana 1974 and the model is a SLR 5000.

I bought it 10 years ago.

It was in really good order but it was a standard SLR 5000, so the motor was a bit down.

What modifications have you made?

We've changed the engine, the gearbox, the wheels, repainted it and done a new interior.

What makes your car unique?

It's a genuine SLR 5000.

People will argue that it's not genuine because it hasn't got genuine parts on it anymore but it's an enhanced, off the production line SLR 5000.

I've done everything that I wanted to do with it to make it good for me like added a better motor and faster motor, air conditioning, fuel injection, big sound system, better brakes, everything.

You can't do much more to it to make it more comfortable to drive.

What do you love about it?

The sound system is really good with big subwoofer in the boot and then the air conditioning is great and the engine is really good now, it's a five speed.

So the bonnet, a lot of people don't like it, but I love it because that's what we did in the old days.

We put a Ford XA GT bonnet on it or the skin.

What is the public reaction?

If you’ve got an old car, everybody flashes their lights or waves or thumbs up or whatever it may be.

Same as I do whenever I see one.

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