2019 Shannons Sydney Winter Classic Auction
Lot
18

1963 Holden EH Special Sedan

$20,000 - $30,000

No Reserve

Specifications

Engine In-line 6-cylinder, 149-cid
Gearbox 3-speed manual
Engine No. H43883
Chassis No. EH13326M
Body Work Sedan
Colour Blue with Ivory Roof
Interior Blue
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel Disc
Brakes Drums

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Description

Holden responded to the challenge of Ford’s new locally-made Falcons by releasing a model still widely regarded as being one of the best ever to wear the Holden badge.  The EH may have looked similar to the EJ it replaced, but underneath the mildly facelifted body lay several significant improvements and the overall package certainly struck a chord with buyers – Holden sold more than 250,000 units in the eighteen months the EH remained in production, making it the fastest selling Australian car of all time.  Holden revamped the look of the old EJ, with a new squared-off roofline and grille, to achieve a modern and attractively styled car.  Styled under the direction of Stan Parker from the Design and Technical Centre in Detroit, the new look was dubbed ‘Power-Swept’ by GM’s marketing gurus.  The EH brought with it a host of mechanical improvements, most notably a brand new engine to replace the ageing grey motor.  Dubbed the ‘red’ engine (a reference to the colour the engine blocks were painted), the new unit had a bigger bore and shorter stroke, plus higher compression ratio to boost output and was offered in two sizes (149-cid or 179-cid).  The red engine represented a big step forward for Holden, with a seven-bearing crankshaft, hydraulic valve lifters, new pistons and head to give plenty of additional power, plus better fuel economy.  Transmissions available were a three-speed column-change manual ‘box or the Hydramatic auto, also with three forward gears.  Three trim levels were offered, the Standard (aimed at fleet buyers or taxi operators), Special and more luxurious Premier.  Holden produced 256,959 EH cars of all types between August 1963 and February 1965, proving to be the most popular model of the 1960s – and indeed remains an all-time favourite with many enthusiasts today.

History

  • Professionally restored EH Special
  • Same family ownership since 1966
  • Offered at No Reserve
As confirmed by the original service book, this exceptional Holden EH Special Sedan was originally sold via the Motor Co. Pty Ltd of Elizabeth Street, Melbourne to a Mr Maxwell of Balwyn, Victoria on October 10, 1963.  The Late Owner’s father purchased the EH in 1966 and kept it until 1977, replacing it with a new Holden Kingswood.  Rather than trading the EH, the car was generously gifted to the Late Owner with 115,000 miles on the clock (of which 99,000 miles were accrued by his father), becoming a daily driver alongside his wife’s Holden HJ Premier Station Wagon.  Over the next decade the Holden proved a reliable and faithful mode of transport around Canberra and on family holidays to Lake Eucumbene and down the South Coast of NSW, loaded with a tinnie on the roof.  In later years the car was used to transport the grandchildren to their high school formals and it remained continuously registered from the day of delivery, giving years of reliable service.  The remarkable level of documentation supplied with the car includes old service records, registration papers and even a hand-written log book dating back to 1977.  Joining the local EJ-EH car club in 1996, the Late Owner acquired a couple of other EHs – a Premier and another Special – but this car remained his first love, making the trip down to Melbourne for GMH’s Golden Anniversary in 1998.  Although still in good condition, the EH’s owner fulfilled his dream to restore the car to its former glory in 2002-2003, commissioning renowned specialists Still-One of Granville, NSW to undertake the body, interior and cosmetic work, while his regular mechanic Barry Carter in Canberra did the motor.  All work was fully documented and invoices from Still-One alone run close to six figures, indicating no expense was spared.  Completed in time for the EH All States Run held in Wollongong in 2003, the car took out Top Original/Authentic Sedan and went on to participate in numerous other Holden days and club events; other awards included first plate at the 2007 ACT Holden Day (EH-EJ Stock Class) and the EJ-EH Club of Canberra’s meet in 2008 (2nd in Top Panel and Paint).  The near twenty-year-old restoration has held up remarkably well thanks to limited use and careful maintenance since.  Sold unregistered and at No Reserve, the Holden comes with a spare set of keys, the original wallet containing the service book and owner’s manual, plus a comprehensive history file.
 
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Saturday 24 August

9.00am - 4.00pm

Sunday 25 August

10.00am - 4.00pm

Auction

Monday 26 August

7.00pm
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