2019 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction

1951 Holden '48-215' FX Sedan

$18,000 - $22,000

No Reserve


Engine 139ci in-line six-cylinder
Gearbox Three-speed manual
Engine No. 54718
Chassis No. 512156130HA
Body Work Sedan
Colour Sorrento Green
Interior Lorne Green
Trim Leather
Wheels Steel with hubcaps
Brakes Drum/drum

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Australia's first series production car became a reality on the 29 November 1948 and was badged the Holden 48-215, otherwise known as the FX. Featuring the latest in unitary construction techniques, the new Holden was a mixture of American and European styling influences but with a uniquely Australian character. Inside, the front and rear bench seats provided ample space for six passengers and the car was remarkably comfortable to drive, even on Australia's rough roads. The new Holden was powered by the rugged 'Stovebolt' six-cylinder OHV engine (later called the 'grey' motor), developing 60 bhp at 3800 rpm - enough for more than adequate performance at the time. The gearbox was a three-speed manual affair, with a column change. The Holden proved immensely popular with the Australian public and reached the coveted Number One spot in the passenger car market by 1950. The original 48-215 Sedan was joined by the Business Sedan and Utility, the latter arriving in 1951 and soon proving very popular with farmers and tradesman. By the time production finished in September 1953, more than 120,000 48-215 Holdens had been produced. Today, the FX series holds a special place in the motoring history of this country and its popularity with collectors into the future is assured.


Three-owner 48-215 Holden
Believed genuine 78,000 miles
Loaded with NASCO accessories
Upgrades for everyday use
No Reserve
Holden’s iconic 48-215 has never been more collectible now that Australian production of the GM brand has ended. That makes this enthusiast-owned 1951 model a great opportunity for the astute purchaser as it’s a three-owner car that has recorded a believed genuine 78,275 miles at the time of cataloguing. It wears mostly original Sorrento Green paint, which is certainly showing its age but retains its charm, while inside the Lorne Green leather trim has been refreshed, as has the headlining. The 139ci six-cylinder engine fitted to this car has been rebuilt and it’s now got a vacuum booster on the drum brakes, which have stainless steel linings. Other practical improvements include a 12 Volt electric system with new fuse box, Hadfield electric two-speed wipers, halogen headlights, new rubbers in the front and rear windows, a period-correct heater and a ‘hidden’ sound system in the glovebox. It’s also stacked with just about every rare NASCO period accessories including louvered rear wheel spats, door handle scratch plates, mesh headlight protectors, Kangaroo bonnet mascot, fluted bonnet side vents, and a towbar. The ‘rocket’ rear taillight and turn indicator clusters are a non-period addition and replace the single stop light this 48-215 wore when it left the Fishermen’s Bend factory. To add to all this period theatre, this first model Holden has also been lowered. So, this is one special 48-215 that grabs attention wherever it goes and is potentially an unrepeatable opportunity for the Holden enthusiast. It will come with a large file of receipts, historical photos of the car and a stereo handbook. Previously on full Victorian registration. The FX will be offered for sale unregistered and with No Reserve.

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