Holden Torana – UC Torana

The UC Torana was the last vehicle in the third generation of Holden Toranas.  The UC was introduced in March of 1978 featuring two engine models of either an inline 6cylinder 2.85 litre engine or a 3.3-litre engine.  The V8 option was no longer available in this series.  However, the UC did feature a very new modernized appearance both on the outside and on the inside with a complete revised dash.  The UC Torana SL model came with a few extra perks such as laminated windows for a darker tint on the side and back windows, the sheet metal was much better material, the look of the grille changed, bigger gas tanks, 4-wheel disk brakes, better windshield wipers with an intermittent feature, headlights came with a dimming option, flashers and blinkers were no available, a new radio and cassette player, cloth trim throughout the vehicle, nice sports instrumentation to set this model a part from the others (including a fuel gauge, oil, speedometer, clock, etc.), and bumper overrides.  An additional change on the inside was an increase in legroom.

Holden Sunbird (UC) Sunbird Sedan

As noted above, the UC Torana no longer featured a V8 engine option, but a turbo version of the UC was available called the UC SL/T. However, only 33 were actually produced.  By 1978 the Sunbird from the LX series was brought forward in this model line-up as well.  The UC Sunbird features a 4-cylinder engine (1.9-litre) in both a sedan and hatchback option with headlights that were squarer and a front end that was smoother than the LX versions.  There were three different UC Sunbird models available: S, SL and SL/E.  By 1980 the hatchbacks were no longer available in Sunbird model; however, the Sundbird was also replaced in its entirety by the Holden Commodore which is still in existence today.  The base S model was a manual transmission only, while the other models had an automatic transmission option.  A Deluxe package was offered in 1979 for the SL and SL/E models which came packed with all of the perks mentioned above as well for the sedans.

Holden Torana (UC) SL hatchback

The Starfire engine replaced the 1.8 Opel engine in the previous versions of the Sunbird during 1979 and continued into 1980 until the Sunbird was replaced.  The Starfire engine was a 1.9-litre engine that was based off of a 6-cylinder 2.8-litre engine.

During late 1980 a new Sunbird model prototype was developed featuring a sedan and hatchback version called the UD Torana.  However, this prototype never actually made it to the production phase.  After reviewing other vehicles in other countries it was clear that the Sunbird was simply outdated and could not complete with other vehicles any longer.  The decision was made to put the Starfire engine in the new VC Commodore series sedan and wagon models, which utilized the engine for another two years and remained available in the VK models in New Zealand as well.

Roughly 55,000 UC Toranas were produced during this time period.

MINOR FEATURES

  • Column shift manual and auto available on Torana six cylinder only.
  • Both types of four speed manual transmissions (Australian and Filipino) were used behind six cylinder engines.
  • All model manual transmissions used cable operated clutch.
  • Factory fitted air conditioning available on six cylinder cars only.
  • Dealer fitted GM-H accessory air conditioning now available across the range.
  • HZ type steering wheels used with unique horn pads.
  • SL/Es used HZ GTS three spoke steering wheel design, colour coded to interior.
  • All cars used 13 x 5.5 inch steel wheels and steel belted radial (except SL/E, 13 x 6 alloys).
  • Sunbird SL/E alloy wheels same style as TD Gemini SL/E.
  • QH headlights standard on all SLs and SL/Es.
  • White parking lights (no longer inside headlights) mounted with orange front blinkers at the outer edge of the headlights.
  • SL/Es had velour seat trim.
  • Steering rack mounted solidly (as in A9X), not rubber mounted as on previous cars.
  • Starfire 4 engine painted silver.
  • six cylinder engines renamed 2.85 litre and 3.3 litre (previously 2850 and 3300).

DIMENSIONS

IMPERIAL   METRIC
FUEL TANK ? ?
WHEELBASE 102.1 INCHES 2593 mm
TRACK (FRONT) 55.7 INCHES 1415 mm
TRACK (REAR) 54.4 INCHES 1382 mm
HEIGHT (SEDAN) 53.0 INCHES 1346 mm
HEIGHT (HATCH) 52.6 INCHES 1336 mm
WIDTH 67.1 INCHES 1704 mm
LENGTH 177.6 INCHES 4514 mm

PRODUCTION

DOMESTIC 46 495
EXPORT (WHOLE) 225
EXPORT (CKD) 6 288
TOTAL 53 008

ENGINE

COMP.
RATIO
OUTPUT ENG.NO.
PREFIX
1900 LC
(OPEL EX.)
8.6 68 kW UA
1900 HC
(OPEL)
9.0 72 kW UA
1900
(STARFIRE)
8.7 60 kW UN
2.85 M 8.3 78 kW HE / XQE
2.85 A 9.4 87 kW HD / XQD
3.3 M 7.8 81 kW HM / XQM
3.3 A 9.4 88 kW HL / XQL

TRANSMISSION

SPEED SHIFT POS OTHER
MC6 4 MAN FLOOR EXPORT
M15 3 MAN COL
M20 4 MAN FLOOR AUST
M40 3 AUTO FLOOR
/ COL
TRIMATIC

FINAL DRIVE

SMALL SALISBURY – 2.78, 3.08, 3.36, 3.90
LIMITED SLIP OPT

MODELS AND RELEASE DATES

MODEL SEDAN
(OPT)
HATCH
(OPT)
RELEASED AVAILABLE
UNTIL
PRICE AT
RELEASE
SUNBIRD 8UH69 8UH77 15 MAR 1978 SEDAN – SEP 1980
HATCH – MAY 1979
$5910 (HATCH)
SUNBIRD SL 8UH69
(V5V)
8UH77
(V5V)
15 MAR 1978 SEDAN – SEP 1980
HATCH – MAY 1979
SUNBIRD SL/E 8UH69
(A8J)
8UH77
(A8J)
4 MAR 1974 SEDAN – SEP 1980
HATCH – MAY 1979
SUNBIRD DELUXE 8UH69
(V7A)
4 MAR 1974 LIMITED RUN – 1250
TORANA S 8UG69 15 MAR 1978 DEC 1979
TORANA SL 8UH69
(A9H)
8UH77
(A9H)
15 MAR 1978 DEC 1979 $6660 (SEDAN)
TORANA SL DELUXE 8UH69
(V5W)
8UH77
(V5W)
15 MAR 1978 JUL 1979

PAINT CODES

GMH DULON BERGER TYPE
CHARMOIS 1887 15950 1G009 SOLID
FLAMENCO RED 1926 30517 1F007 SOLID
JASMINE YELLOW 1927 30518 1D108 SOLID
MADEIRA RED 1928 30519 1F034 SOLID
OPALINE BLUE 1929 30520 1B074 SOLID
PALAIS WHITE 1930 30521 1J001 SOLID
PANAMA GREEN 1931 30522 1C002 SOLID
TUXEDO BLACK 2214 15991 SOLID
ULTRA BLUE 1932 30523 1B104 SOLID
VALENCIA ORANGE 1933 30524 1E028 SOLID
ANTELOPE 1894 15940 2G006 METALLIC
ATLANTIS BLUE 1934 30525 2B002 METALLIC
CARIBBEAN TURQUOISE 1935 30526 2B013 METALLIC
DYNASTY GOLD 1936 30527 2D004 METALLIC
PERSIAN SAND 1925 2G024 METALLIC
PERSIAN SAND MK II 30183 2G023 METALLIC
SADDLE TAN 30528 2G027 METALLIC
SUPER MINT 1938 30529 2C009 METALLIC
WINDSOR BLUE 1939 30530 2B023 METALLIC

TRIM CODES

GMH TRIM CODE TRIM CODE
CHARMOIS 60A * / 60B ** 17053 / 17214
BUCKSKIN 1G059 / 2051-P1
SLATE BLACK 18V * / 18X ***
TAN 67V * / 67Y ** 17057 / 17117

* VINYL, ** CHEVRON, *** RANIER