2019 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction
Lot
46

1955 Holden FJ 217 Business Sedan

$46,000

Sold

Specifications

Engine 138ci six-cylinder (Twin Carbs)
Gearbox Three-speed manual
Body Work Sedan
Colour Lithgow Cream
Interior Brown
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel with hubcaps
Brakes Drum/drum

Description

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Australia's first commercially successful automobile, the Holden, was launched in November 1948 to great fanfare and featured styling influenced both by prevailing American and European design trends. With relatively advanced monocoque construction and a sturdy, sufficiently powerful OHV six-cylinder engine, the new Holden 48-215 proved ideally suited to the rugged local driving conditions. In September 1953 the Holden underwent a facelift to become the FJ, the new model boasting a toothy new chrome grille, hubcaps and jet-age taillights. It was available in sedan configuration in Standard, Business and Special trim levels, together with a coupe utility. 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 a local icon and with good examples becoming hard to find, original cars are quickly being snapped up by collectors.