2017 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction

1961 Holden EK Special Sedan

$16,000 - $22,000


Engine In-line 6-cylinder, 138-cid
Gearbox 2-speed automatic
Engine No. B178788
Chassis No. EK-2692-M
Body Work Sedan
Colour Black
Interior Red & Silver
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel disc
Brakes Drums

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Holden’s EK series was a facelift of it’s popular FB model, launched with much fanfare in May 1961 thanks to the introduction of Holden’s first automatic transmission, the Hydramatic.  Otherwise the EK was largely unchanged from the FB, itself introduced just over a year earlier 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 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 to 138-cid, while the compression ratio was also lifted to 7.25:1, resulting in a total output of 75 bhp.  Other mechanical improvements saw both the brakes and clutch improved.  External changes between the FB and EK were few; the new model received a slightly wider front grille, the bumper over riders were reshaped and the hubcaps now had the Lion emblem, while the wraparound chrome molding seen on the FB Specials was replaced by a simple horizontal chrome spear.  Other changes included a wider grille with the turn indicators on either side, plus electric wipers instead of the previous vacuum-operated type.  The model range included the usual Standard or Special sedans and wagons along with two commercials, the utility and panel van and buyers who opted for the better appointed Special received additional stainless moldings and chrome badges, plus glamorous two-tone upholstery and a wider palette of paint colours.  A total of 150,214 EK Holdens were built before the model was superseded by the EJ series in July 1962 and it has a special place in the history books as the final ‘finned’ Holden model.


  • Nicely preserved EK Special Sedan
  • Rare black with two-tone upholstery
  • Same family ownership for 26 years
This remarkably well preserved Holden EK is a desirable Special Sedan featuring the new Hydramatic automatic transmission option, presented in the rarely seen colour combination of black with two-tone red/silver upholstery.  Owned by the same family for the past 26 years, the Holden has been kept on full registration but rarely used, enjoying regular maintenance and still runs and drives well.   The Holden has survived in particularly original condition, with the fan, seat belts and aftermarket radio the only noted modifications to the interior, plus later exterior mirrors.  The last of Holden’s finned models, this EK Special Sedan will appeal to collectors and enthusiasts alike and will be offered for sale unregistered with the original owner’s manuals supplied. 
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.

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