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Auction of five iconic Holdens salute the end of an era for Australian built cars

Sharon Kelley 29 February 2020
1955 Holden FJ

1955 Holden FJ – 225 “Special” Sedan 2.2 litre. Photo: Supplied.

It’s official. The 160-year-old Holden brand will be retired from the Australian market at the end of 2021. Holden’s parent, General Motors, made the announcement on 19 February 2020.

The history of the company included the launch of the first Australian made and designed Holden family sedan, the 48-215, known as the ‘FX’ in 1948. It sold for the equivalent of $788 (in today’s dollars, around $8400).

One particular FX, with the chassis number 0-1080S, effectively the 80th car to roll off the production line, is up for sale on the Allbids auction site.

A Holden restorer’s dream, the factory standard 48-215 FX four door sedan in Convoy Grey, with a 2.2 litre 6 cylinder inline engine, is one of five Holdens being auctioned by Allbids, with period specialty tools also available on the Allbids site.

“The cars have all been stored under cover for approximately 20 years,” said Ben Hastings from Allbids.

“The vendor was a keen enthusiast, so they’ve been well looked after in storage.”

The vendor is selling five classic Holden vehicles, manufactured in Australia between 1948 and 1955. All the vehicles are practically factory standard, ideal for restoration to their original condition, or modification for competition at car festivals, or for the pure enjoyment of owning a piece of Australian automotive history.

“The cars are in a very reasonable condition,” said Ben Hastings. “They’ve been kept inside, and just sat for 20 or so years.”

Also up for sale is a 1948 Chevrolet Deluxe Styleline 52-120 Coupe Utility, with a 3.5 litre inline 6 cylinder engine, which was assembled by General Motors Holden in Australia as both a four-door sedan and a unique Australian-only coupe utility. This particular Chevy Styleline, a coupe utility, is a favourite with street machine fans, which very rarely come up for sale in factory standard condition, or in any condition at all.

Another icon of the 1940s, the General Motors Holden Chevrolet Stylemaster was manufactured in Australia between 1946 and 1948, and a utility version is also available on the Allbids website. In a stunning blue colour, the Chevrolet Stylemaster 48-1206 Coupe Utility, manufactured in September 1948, has had only two owners. The vehicle has a 3.5 litre 6 cylinder inline motor, four-speed gearbox and is rear-wheel drive.

In 1953, Holden introduced the iconic FJ Holden both as a utility and as a sedan to the Australian market. And both are up for sale at Allbids. 

These FJ Holdens are 1955 models, one a utility and one a sedan. The 1955 Holden FJ – 2106 Coupe Utility is a three-speed manual, rear-wheel drive with a 6 cylinder inline engine, and needs only minor work to be fully restored to factory standard, with leather seats intact, and some of the original timber of the rear tub intact. 

The 1955 Holden FJ – 225 Special Sedan has 2.2 litre 6 cylinder inline engine, and a ‘two-tone’ paint job, featuring a Blue Bird Blue body with a grey roof. The four-door sedan has intact two-tone vinyl seats and comes with additional spare parts.

The online auction will end on 5 March 2020 for all five vehicles, and an inspection day will be arranged, with details to be published on the ALLBIDS website. Any additional enquires about the vehicles please contact ben@allbids.com.au.


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