Auction watch: Group C SL/R 5000 Torana, Mazda RX-7 and Group A BMW 635CSi race cars

Grays has a hot trio of historical racers for sale, including a Group C Torana, RX-7 and Group A BMW


It’s fitting that in the week leading into the Bathurst 1000, Grays has come up with a trio of genuine ex-Bathurst racers for buyers to get excited about.

Bidding on all three cars goes live on Friday 6 October, closing Wednesday 11 October.

The first of the trio is a 1974 LH Torana, originally an SL/R 5000 that was built from new and ran as a Group C machine with L34 goodies.

It ran in the Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) from 1975 to 1980, the first owner Phil Arnull giving the car an update to A9X trim in 1977 before competing in the Bathurst 1000 that year.

The vendor also says the LH was used as a test mule for Harry Firth and HDT to develop A9X parts. The car has now been returned to its 1979 Group C livery and spec, with plenty of historical motorsport logbooks to compliment the history. You can view the Torana’s listing here.

The second authentic Group C racer up for grabs is this early Mazda RX-7, which has an impressive three Bathurst 1000 outings under its belt from 1981 to 1983.

It is said to have been purchased second-hand and turned into a Group C machine by John Duggan, before being sold to Terry Ryan in 1983 following an update to Series II specs.

In later years it was used throughout the Sports Sedan Series, and just like the Torana has a  Motorsport Australia Certificate of Description, only granted to original race cars of their period. Check out the RX-7 here.

The final racing survivor is this 1984 BMW 635CSi, which has travelled its fair share of the globe in its time tearing up tarmac.

The 635 is one of just two factory-backed UK BMW dealer team cars that competed in Group A in the 1984 British Saloon Car Championship. The car ventured to Australia soon after, where it competed in both the 1985 and ’86 Bathurst 1000, with Charlie O’Brien and John English respectively.

From there the car travelled across the ditch to take on the Wellington 500 and the NZ Touring Car Championship between 1985 and 1987. Now restored to its Bathurst livery, you can view the listing for it here.