Torque ABC TV series from 1973-1980
Torque was an Australian television series that ran on the ABC from March 1974 to 1980.
The show featured road tests of cars, information about automotive products and the Australian automotive industry, and was hosted by motoring journalist and ex-racing driver Peter Wherrett.
In 1973 Wherrett was approached by an ABC producer to present the pilot, and the series went on to become a massive success.
Wherret wrote a book about the programme, also titled Torque. The 128-page book was published in 1977 so is well out of print now, but copies regularly come up for sale on eBay. The ISBN is 0725403837.
Series and episode list:
Series 7 (1979)
Series 8 (1980)
E1 - Holden Commodore VC, BMW 528i, fuel economy products tested (www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDnE5exFcAs)
E2 - Ford Falcon XD, roof racks and caravans, Bolwell Ikara (www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbRDC87Oizw)
E3 - Chrysler Valiant, Chrysler Sigma, Borg-Warner transmissions/interview, transmission driving tips (www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl02SxA8AMo)
E4 - Toyota Corona, tyres, Datsun 200B (www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_N5BmKOgpY)
E5 - Porsche 924 Turbo, Volkswagen Golf petrol, diesel, LPG (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5Qt7GbS-cQ)
E6 - International Scout Traveltop, Jeep Renegade CJ7, Toyota Hilux 4WD, Subaru 4WD (www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1Oe9tNIu5A&t=9s)
E7 - Jaguar XJ6 III, Suzuki Hatch, public transport, electric buses (www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZdTJ2oUQS4&t=9s)
E8 - Motorsport, Datsun 280ZX, Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint 1.5 (www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NGO0CTDAjU&t=9s)
E9 - Avoiding car accidents part 1 (www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4WyuiO4HsA&t=13s)
E10 - Avoiding car accidents part 2 (www.youtube.com/watch?v=idhKElh8n6I&t=9s)
Update: The ABC has now started uploading episodes of Torque to Youtube. Their playlist currently consists of selected episodes from 1974 to 1980.