2021 Shannons '40th Anniversary' Timed Online Auction

1964 Holden EH Utility

$20,000 - $30,000


No Reserve

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Engine In-line 6-cylinder, 179-cid
Gearbox 3-speed manual
Engine No. M247313
Chassis No. EH84247S
Body Work Utility
Colour Grey
Interior Red
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel Disc
Brakes Disc/drum

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The EH has long been regarded as something of a milestone in the history of General Motors Holden, bringing with it the biggest mechanical change since the 48-215 in the form of an entirely new engine.  Now available in two capacities, the red engine (so-called as the cylinder blocks were painted this colour) had hydraulic valve lifters and a seven-bearing crankshaft for smoother operation, more power and improved fuel economy.  Other improvements included recirculating ball steering, four-wheel hydraulic brakes and a choice of either three-speed column-change manual or Hydramatic automatic transmission.  Holden freshened up the styling on the EH with the new look described as 'Power Swept' and the basic sedan was joined by a station wagon, panel van and utility.  The ute was usually sold in 149-cid form and had a 10-cwt payload capacity, with heavy-duty tonneau and full-width bench seat as standard equipment.  The load area had a double floor and was made of laminated hardwood with steel skid strips, a combination that was both practical and durable.  The vehicle of choice for tradies in the early ‘60s, the EH utility has a devoted following today, keeping values strong and restored examples are keenly sought after. 


- Very original, unrestored survivor
- Supplied with original books
- Offered with No Reserve

Supplied with the original books, something lost on most utes, this lovely EH Standard is also notable for having the larger 179-cid ‘red’ motor, something normally reserved for Specials.  The first owner was Joe Holt of Rylstone, in the Mudgee region of NSW, who took delivery from local dealer Loneragan’s on February 9, 1965 - there are old receipts and pink slips in Holt’s name from the 1980s and 1990s and one of the original number plates survives with the ute.  In the current Sydney owner’s hands for the past decade, the Holden is a real survivor, presenting in remarkably original, unrestored condition.  Continuously registered for the past ten years, the red motor was reconditioned back in 2011 and has only travelled approximately 5,000 miles since then.  Both the exhaust system and radiator were replaced around the same time.  The owner also updated the headlights using modern assemblies and bulbs.  The only other modifications noted are the oil/temperature gauges and later heater hoses and fan, otherwise the Holden is very much as delivered to Mr Holt, right down to the (working) original radio.  It would be hard to find a more honest example of the ever popular EH ute; with 12,188 miles showing (actual mileage is 112,188) the Holden starts and runs nicely, will be sold registered in NSW until May 2022 and comes with the original books, a workshop manual and spare keys.   

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