Have a look here http://www.gmh-toran...es-le-mans-a9x/ for previous mentions.
Twenty five years ago, I knew of two sets in W.A. I believe that one (incomplete) set has made its way over east, and the other is in a shed not far from my place.
I am not full bottle on the history of either set and I know there are others on the forum who know more about this than me. Paul. Dave. Bernie. Don't be shy.
The set that is here consists of a boot lid, back doors, front fenders, bonnet, and nose cone. You can see that there is no doubt that they were stamped in Holden's presses.
The last time I met Harry Firth I asked him about them and he would only say they were for a sports sedan programme. This couldn't have been true as the guards and doors off the sports sedan were nothing like the ones here. Then in AMC issue 35 he mentions that six sets were stamped for the abandoned FIA Group 2 touring car in 1977. (He also said that the body shell for this car was built from a new 25% lighter steel. I wonder where THAT is now!!!)
1977 seems a bit late for the panels pictured below because of the boot lid and rear doors. People have said that they were offered on the 33 GMP&A A9Xs, but once again they were all hatches. Mike Prowse also denies aluminium being used on these. He claims that panels for the 33 A9Xs were acid dipped, and the doors pressed from a lighter gauge steel. (Actually, he says 41. 33 rolling and eight non rolling for spares.)
The first GMP&A shell walked down the production line was an L34 for Bob Forbes and Wayne Negus in 1975. The fact that this was a shell that was race prepared at the factory, and that when the current owner of these panels first saw the them they still had NEGUS, TAA, and CASTROL on the guards, (In the later 1978(?) livery) seems a bit of a coincidence. Wayne Negus has admitted the fenders, bonnet and nosecone were fitted to his A9X race car, but never really divulged how far back they were using them, who instigated the programme and if they had ever been on an L34. Once again, others here know more about this. He was also asked why there were no front doors. He said "Would you like to have nothing but an aluminium door between you and another race car?"
The current owner says that when he first saw the panels the bonnet was missing the scoop and still had the later MHDT paint job on top.
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I would love to see someone make one of these without the factory press.
Also note that there is no provision for the chrome window surround to be fitted. This is a clue for the sleuths out there.
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Edited by Shiney005, 28 September 2015 - 01:19 PM.