1955 Holden FJ Standard Sedan
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 - giving 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 standard 48-215 Sedan was joined by the Business Sedan and Utility, the latter arriving in 1951 and proving popular with farmers and tradesmen alike. In September 1953, Holden facelifted the car and the resulting FJ series boasted a toothy new chrome grille with horizontal bars, new hubcaps and tail lights. The changes may not have amounted to much but were sufficient to cement the Holden's position as Australia's favourite car. By the time production of the FJ ceased in 1956, more than 250,000 first generation Holdens had been built and the 'humpy' had written itself into the history books. Celebrated in films, music and popular culture generally, the FJ has become an Aussie icon and with good examples becoming hard to find, original cars are quickly being snapped up by collectors.