Truth in advertising was always like that back in the 80's and 90's. I lost count of how many cars I looked at that had the A9X body kit and proclaimed they where an A9X in the advert. You get there and its not even close to an A9X and not even a half assed attempt at a clone (LOL - most still had std drum brakes on a bango or 9").
I would love to know how many people got hooked into buying something they never new anything about and just based buying it on trust?? Had to remember they where not worth what they are today and most people for such low figures just couldn't be bothered with the trouble of a law suit for false private advertsing.
Crazy but many many magazines where proclaiming almost every torana featured with flares was an A9X or L34 which didn't help. Have to remember in the early 80's we where buying these for $8.5 to $10k they didn't get to $20k till much later. Hell GMH dealers couldn't sell them all till very late 78 and they where doing good deals by then to get rid of them and clear more space for the dunnydore stock.
I just found an old Sept 1987 Street Machine magazine with the Countdown Zero (win a Bathurst A9X Supercar) and I read the absolute crazy article (6 pages) all about the A9X. It's little wonder people still regurgitate the same garbage today as they did in 1977, 1987 and still in 2014.
Anyone of my sort of vintage who has driven, owned a factory std A9X will tell you the key and big shocking thing about the A9X was that it handled far better than other Torana and had far better brakes. Other than that without all the normal forum BS of pumping up your ego it was again just the "same same" as any other 1977 5 litre torana. I think we just where amazed that GMH could get the excessive and horrible understeering down to more sensible levels and give the ability of the Torana to stop in a reasonable distance repeatedly without the brakes frying from spirited use.
Edited by LXSS350, 14 April 2014 - 02:24 PM.