1962 Holden EK Special Sedan
Holden’s EK series was a facelift of its popular FB model, launched with much fanfare in May 1961 because of 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 138ci, while the compression ratio was also lifted to 7.25:1, resulting in a total output of 75 bhp. Other mechanical updates 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 body 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. 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 A total of 150,214 EK Holdens were built before the model was superseded by the EJ series in July 1962 and has a special place in the history books as the final ‘finned’ Holden model.