TA Series, April 1974 - March 1975 ...


The TA Torana was a short-lived four-cylinder-only series, built as an interim between the last of the LJ's and the upcoming TX Gemini.  The body sheetmetal was identical to that of the LJ four-cylinder cars and was identified by a new one-piece body-coloured plastic grille. It also featured new tail-light assemblies with bold silver-finish surround.

The model lineup consisted of two trim levels: Torana and Torana Deluxe.  The base model was available only as a two-door and the Deluxe as a two- or four-door. The 1300cc OHV engine was the standard powerplant on both models, while the 1760cc OHC was optional on the Deluxe only.  The Tri-matic auto was available as an option on the Deluxe only, with either engine.  The Deluxe was quite well equipped for its day, with full carpeting, push-button radio, well-trimmed bucket seats, chrome wheel trim-rings and other minor additions.

The TA series was replaced by the TX Gemini in March 1975.

MINOR FEATURES

  • Internal, cable-operated bonnet release now standard.
  • Body side mouldings on Deluxe had PVC inserts (similar to HJ).
  • 1300cc engine improved over LJ. Compression ratio was increased.
  • All variants had 10 gallon (45.5 litre) fuel tank.
  • Alternator fitted was same as in six-cylinder.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Same as for LJ four-cylinder.

ENGINES

Engine
Compression
Output
Engine No
Size
Ratio
BHP
Prefix
1300cc (low-comp)
7.8:1
41
1
1300cc (hi-comp)
9.2:1
46
1
1700cc OHC
7.3:1
59
3




 

TRANSMISSION

  • Four-speed manual (1760cc had reverse lock-out lever).
  • Tri-matic three-speed automatic.

FINAL DRIVES

  • 4.125:1 (all except 1760cc automatic).
  • 3.89:1 for 1760cc automatic.

MODEL RANGE

  • Torana 1300cc two-door, 8TE11.
  • Torana Deluxe two-door, 8TF11.
  • Torana Deluxe four-door, 8TF69.

RELEASE DATES

  • All models, April 1974.

PRICES AT RELEASE

  • Torana 1300cc two-door, $2540.
  • Torana Deluxe four-door, $2980.

TOTAL PRODUCED

  • 11,304.