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#1 Leakey

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 02:10 PM

MODS, this will not be a copyright problem as the mag is 31 years old.
The company, and legal entity no longer exists.


Got a great Oct. 1977, "Bathurst Special" Motor Manual magazine off Ebay.

Great read.

Found an article on A9X, and an add for the same, but spec'd as "Limited Edition".
[car is same in both pics.]

Thought some might find it interesting. Still had chrome around tail lights,
all-be-it painted black. Also had an interesting strip package, not unlike a G-pack!

Does anybody know the wheels used? They look like a cross between
the LE Monaro honeycomb and a hotwire..

Enjoy.

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Oh, and a great article on the "Silver Fox's last hunt". I'll scan that too.

And another article on the Taipan/Mystere/Concorde.

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 02:31 PM

Thats pretty interesting, cheers

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 09:27 PM

The wheels are 77 trans am SE "snowflake" wheels. That car was later crushed. And by the way, though I seriously doubt it will be an issue, the company that produced the article still exists, I know because I had to contact them to use articles from that magazine for our club newsletter. They had no problems with it because it was so old.

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 10:14 PM

red,i would have said they were snowflakes off a t/a except then i read they were 14 inch...snowflakes on a 77 t/a were 15 inch..there definately a snowflake but not off a t/a...

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 10:39 PM

The wheels were 15", don't worry about the text, it's advertising the upcoming A9X

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 10:50 PM

no probs...thought they looked bigger than 14 in the pics... :D

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 10:12 PM

I have a picture of this car in a magazine somewhere but it has a rear windscreen wiper fitted

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 08:24 AM

i have a colour picture of this car in a book, it is bright orange in colour,
it looks like it is a promo car used at motor show etc.
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Posted 17 February 2008 - 12:19 PM

This car is on the forum a number of times, including a long discussion on the wheels which as RED said, where Transam Snowflakes, 15 x 8 , HQ stud pattern.

Still available, try us ebay.

Having said that, i have one bent one here from my old T/A and they won't clear any half decent aftermarket performance brake setup.

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 03:39 PM

Love to see a colour version.

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 04:11 PM

I'll see if I can find the colour version I have. the car is yellow and has pretty aweful trim in it.

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 04:50 PM

Just on ^^^ about US ebay.

Back when I had the SS, I was chatting to a fella in the US
who had a set of Vega rims that looked like they would fit
a Torrie. We exchanged technical details, and all seemed
to match up.

What other mainstream rims fit our babies?

Perhaps a new thread is in order.

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 08:46 PM

That's actually the car I'm copying hence my tag - Did a bit of research into it after I first saw colour photos of it in two 90's Torana mags which were running stories on a9X's. It had no bonnet scoop and a yellow tartan interior (standard sunbudgie issue I believe)
The wheels appear to be 7 inch wide. I believe there are 14 inch versions. The 15's are available in 7's and 8inches wide (WS6 code I think). The latter are distinguished by the deeper rim face. Easiest way to pick is to look where the spokes meet the rim. &'s are almost flush (as in the photo above of the concept car)

15*8 ebay US ad
http://cgi.ebay.com/...tem160208651816

16*7 ad
http://cgi.ebay.com/...tem120221640471

I recall reading an article in a mag - possibly an old Leo Pruneau interview that the snowflakes were originally chosen for the LE but there were supply problems so GMH went with the honeycombs. A monaro or Kingswood styling car was actually fitted with the snowflakes too. Plenty of other GM wheels fit.

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 12:06 PM

Yea^ the turbo concept Monaro sedan (HJ/HX) with triple blue paint scheme had those snowflakes fitted.

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 01:26 PM

The first LE had snowflake wheels fitted.

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 01:26 PM

heres are pic of mine
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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:37 AM

i saw that proto car on the way to school on the back of a truck,it was headed for the motor show..

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 06:28 PM

this car was in a mag i got from e bay. can someone make this pic bigger?
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Posted 07 June 2008 - 08:21 PM

The hatchback display looks great!

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 09:17 PM

Looking back, i dont know why i said orange, it is yellow in my book
If I get a chance, I will scan a bigger pic of it

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 11:56 PM

hey grina.............tuff ride mate, I love it!!!

Cheers

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 12:27 PM

THE SAME PHOTO WAS IN A 90'S TORANA MAG AND IT WAS A BIT LARGER

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 07:34 PM

Found a bigger pic thanks to bluea9X. You have to love the fashion pack interior. it just looks the part. enjoy.
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Posted 08 February 2009 - 11:32 PM

Whats the story behind it being crushed ?

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 07:09 AM

i remember seeing this car on the back of a car carrier on parramatta road fivedock on my way to school,..I'd say it was heading to the motor show..i guess never quite recovered..i was telling my school mates on the bus (409) its a a race torana they all thought i was mad and continuing swapping footy cards while i stared in awe...only seems like yesterday...




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