|Engine||In-line six-cylinder, 138-cid|
|Interior||Floral Green & Madison Grey|
Holden launched its third generation Australian car, codenamed the FB, in 1960 with styling in keeping with the latest American trends, incorporating a wraparound windscreen and even rear fins (albeit far more restrained than those found on most of GM's US models). The new Holden put on weight, so the trusty grey motor came in for some work - it was bored out by 1/16th of an inch to raise the total cubic capacity of the in-line six to 138-cid, while the compression ratio was also lifted to 7.25:1, resulting in a total output of 75 horsepower. The brakes and clutch were also improved, making the latest Holden a vast improvement on the road. In May 1961, the FB gave way to the facelifted EK model, whose major significance was the introduction of Australia's first automatic transmission - the imported three-speed Hydramatic column shift. Minor changes included a wider grille with the turn indicators at either end, along with electric wipers instead of the older vacuum-operated type. The model range included the usual Standard or Special sedans and wagons plus the two commercials, the utility and panel van. A total of 150,214 EK Holdens were built before the model was superseded by the EJ series in July 1962.