2021 Shannons '40th Anniversary' Timed Online Auction

1956 Holden FE Special Sedan

$35,000 - $45,000


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Engine 138ci six-cylinder
Gearbox Three-speed manual
Engine No. L292357
Chassis No. 6.2318.B
Body Work Sedan
Colour Black
Interior Burgundy
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel wheels with hubcaps
Brakes Drum/drum

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Although still selling strongly, the original Holden design was looking a little dated by the mid-‘50s and General Motors took the opportunity to release a completely restyled model, designated the FE, in July 1956. With integrated rear guards and a curved one-piece windscreen, the Holden took on a much more modern appearance, more in keeping with contemporary Chevrolets. The engine produced more power, steering was improved with the adoption of a sealed recirculating-ball system, there were better brakes and 12-volt electrics for the first time, with a key-operated starter. Inside, a new dash with built-in speaker grille, lockable glove box and redesigned instrument cluster was the big news but a host of minor changes, such as pendant-style clutch and brake pedals, made the FE more pleasant to drive. Holden raised the compression ratio on the grey motor to 6.8:1, added bigger valves and stronger pistons to increase power and improve performance, while smaller 13-inch wheels gave better roadholding. The FE proved as popular as its FX/FJ predecessors, selling more than 150,000 units in just under two years of production, and saw the introduction of a new Station Sedan (wagon) variant, while the commercials (ute and panel van) remained very popular with tradesmen. 


- 1956 Holden FE Special sedan
- Full restoration to factory specifications
- Period black over burgundy
- Beautiful example

If you’re in the market for a ‘new’ FE-model Holden, look no further. This 1956 Holden Special sedan has been treated to a full and thorough restoration to factory specifications and presents like new throughout. It is finished in gleaming gloss black, which carries through to the dashboard and door tops, with the rest of the interior trimmed in period-correct deep burgundy vinyl. The carpets match the two bench seats and door trims, while the headlining is white, and it is all beautifully done and like brand new. The bodywork chrome also really sparkles, the FE sits on steel wheels with the correct hubcaps, and it’s fitted with optional NASCO scratch plates sitting under the door handles and a peek-a-boo exterior mirror for the driver. In the boot there’s a black vinyl boot mat and spare steel wheel. All the mechanicals have been completely overhauled too. Under the bonnet of this Special sedan is the standard 138ci straight six mated to a column-shift three-speed manual gearbox. It comes with an original Owner’s Manual, various period paperwork and some receipts. With all the work done, this ’56 Holden is set to go and would undoubtedly create a great deal of interest at any Holden event or enthusiast gathering. The 1956 Holden FE Special sedan is being offered for sale here unregistered.

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