|Engine||In-Line 6-cylinder,149 cid|
|Body Work||Panel Van|
Holden replaced the EK in August 1963 with the EH, the eighth model since the introduction of the 48-215 in 1948 and featured the most important mechanical changes to date in the form of a new engine. Gone was the old 'grey' motor with the new 'red' engine (identified by the colour of the cylinder block) entering a new era of greater power and smoother operation thanks to hydraulic valve lifters. Available in either 149-cid 100bhp or 179-cid 115bhp displacement, the 'red' engine also boasted a new seven-bearing crankshaft, better top speed and acceleration and improved fuel economy as well. The EH came with recirculating ball steering, four-wheel hydraulic brakes and a choice of three-speed column-shift or Hydramatic auto transmission. The external appearance of the EH was also new, with 'Power Swept' styling the work of Stan Parker from the Design & Technical Centre in Detroit. In addition to the basic sedan, there was now a station wagon along with the usual range of commercials, including a panel van and the coupe utility. The EH was a sales success, becoming the first Holden model in history to surpass 250,000 units built and is highly regarded by collectors today, with a devoted band of enthusiasts and plenty of support from clubs.