2008 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction

Lot 27 1951 Holden 48-215 FX Sedan

Guiding Range

$12,000 - $18,000

  • Engine:In-line six-cylinder, 138-cid
  • Gearbox:3-speed manual
  • Body work:Sedan
  • Colour:Seacombe Green
  • Interior:Green
  • Trim:Leather
  • Wheels:Steel disc
  • Brakes:Drums
Holden 48-215 FX Sedan
Holden 48-215 FX Sedan
Holden 48-215 FX Sedan
Holden 48-215 FX Sedan
Holden 48-215 FX Sedan

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Australia's first series production car became a reality on the 29th of November, 1948 and was badged the Holden 48-215, otherwise known as the FX. Featuring the latest in unitary construction techniques, the new Holden was a mixture of American and European styling influences but with a uniquely Australian character. Inside, the front and rear bench seats provided ample space for six passengers and the car was remarkably comfortable to drive, even on Australia's rough roads. The new Holden was powered by the rugged 'Stovebolt' six-cylinder OHV engine (later called the 'grey' motor), developing 60 bhp at 3800 rpm - enough for more than adequate performance at the time. The gearbox was a three-speed affair, with a column change. The Holden proved immensely popular with the Australian public and reached the coveted Number One spot in the passenger car market by 1950. The original 48-215 Sedan was joined by the Business Sedan and Utility, the latter arriving in 1951 and soon proving very popular with farmers and tradesman. By the time production finished in September 1953, more than 120,000 48-215 Holdens had been produced. Today, the FX series holds a special place in the motoring history of this country and its popularity with collectors into the future is assured.

Auction Conditions of Business

Buyer Fee
For this auction an Administration Purchase Fee of $500 (GST inc) per motor vehicle and $250 (GST inc) per motorcycle is payable by all purchasers.Memorabilia and number plates do not incur a buyer fee.

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