2019 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction

1962 Holden EJ Special Sedan

$8,000 - $12,000

No Reserve


Engine 138ci six-cylinder
Gearbox Three-speed manual
Engine No. J53476
Chassis No. EJ16263M
Body Work Sedan
Colour Sandalwood / white roof
Interior Two-tone brown
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel
Brakes Drums

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Ushering in a new era of modernity for the 1960s was the EJ Holden which was announced in July 1962, replacing the upright lines of the FB/EK series with lower, wider and squared-off styling that was again a combination of American and British influences. The last vestiges of separate front and rear wings were gone, replaced by a sleek full-width grille, greater glass area and more interior space. The cabin architecture of the EJ was also new, with rubber padding on the fascia and a larger glovebox. Mechanically, the EJ remained much as before, retaining the trusty 'grey' motor with a choice of either a three-speed manual or Hydra-matic automatic transmission. Twin-servo brakes were a useful new safety feature, along with safety belt mounts for the first time and stronger front suspension. The electrical system was upgraded with a thermal circuit breaker and the spare wheel mounted in the boot to improve luggage capacity. Expanding the model range, Holden developed a more luxurious model, badged Premier, which boasted items like a white steering wheel and console buttons, four-door armrests, chromed wheel trim and bonnet ornament, gold/red badges on the boot lid and front guards along with whitewall tyres. The EJ built on the success of previous models and the 1,000,000th Holden was built during the production run, a period that also saw the opening of new plants in Elizabeth, South Australia and Fisherman's Bend in Melbourne to meet demand.


  • Original, unrestored 1962 Holden EJ Special Sedan
  • One family ownership from new
  • Just 86,500 miles recorded
  • Garaged since 1970
  • No Reserve
Owned by the one family since its purchase as a new car, this 1962 EJ-model Holden Special sedan is original and unrestored. Garaged since it passed into the current family member’s hands in 1970, this EJ has sat unused for the past 10 years and is now ripe for a complete restoration. It shows a recorded 86,534 miles at the time of cataloguing. The Sandalwood paint with white roof is displaying the affects of time, with some rust evident in the left front guard. All the body adornments are there though, as are the hubcaps and a pair of mudflaps at the rear. Inside the two-tone brown vinyl trim shows some splitting to the front bench seat but it’s otherwise complete, making rejuvenation a little easier. The rear parcel shelf is also sun damaged. Mechanically it’s as basic as an EJ comes, with a 138ci six-cylinder ‘grey’ motor and three-on-the-tree manual transmission. There cannot be too many utterly original one-owner cars like this left, making it a rare opportunity for the Holden enthusiast to restore or preserve. The EJ has never been out of registration since it was purchased new back in 1962, However the Old Holden will be offered for sale unregistered and with No Reserve. The Original Victorian number plates (HRO-569) will be available if sold in Victoria. 
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.

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