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HB Torana 1968
The HB was in fact a Vauxhall that had Holden badges on it so if you were a scinical sort of person you could say that the HB Torana was the first 2-door Australian car, but lets be honest, it wasn't.  The standard 1200 cc engine was to say the least adequate but if tried out on the open road it could hardly overtake a 40 ton truck!  The Brabham however with its twin carburetors and widened wheels was a peppy little car for its day but alas its day was about 5 years earlier and to put the Brabham name to this car was really a deception.  Even though I say this I still enjoyed my drive of one of these and it was probably the sound that aroused me more than the actual power as when under full throttle they gave a sound that was addictive.  Where ever I drove it all I wanted to do put the pedal to the metal and listen.  One problem I found with these models was the gearbox, although excellent in use the gear lever was sometimes known to come out when selecting reverse!  You had to pull the lever up to get reverse and if slightly worn it wasn't uncommon to pull the thing right out much to the disgust of the driver.

Series 70 released March 1968.
Transmissions: four-speed manual or three-speed automatic floor change
In September 1968 Holden released the Series II HB Torana 

 Specifications
Torana HB82211 two-door four cylinder
Torana S HB82411 two-door four cylinder
Torana SL HB82611 two-door four cylinder

Transmissions: 
Four-speed manual 
Three-speed automatic floor change

Torana HB82211 two-door four
Torana S HB82411 two-door four
Torana S HB82469 four-door four
Torana SL HB82611 two-door four
Torana SL HB82669 four-door four

Transmissions: 
Four-speed manual 
Three-speed automatic floor change

Brabham was only available in 2-door S

 Pics

Brabham Torana