1958 FC Holden. Springfest in Ballarat, 2012.

Holden Cars at Ballarat

Seeing and learning about Holden cars at the Springfest event in Ballarat. Held mainly around Lake Wendouree. Didn’t have the DSLR with me this time, but my Samsung S2 has performed quite well.

1953 FJ Holden

A much-celebrated Australian icon, the FJ ensured Holden’s place as the country’s most popular car. It was distinguished by a bold new grille, new hubcaps and a torpedo-style tail-light. Engine, power output and gearing remained unchanged.

There were now three model levels: Standard, Business and the Special sedan – and a panel van joined the utility. Virtues included energetic performance, rugged dependability, low maintenance, unbeatable value.

Information from Classic Holden Cars.

1958 FC Holden

An improved version of the FE, with refinements to the engine, suspension and other components, which resulted in better driveability, smoothness and lower noise levels. A variety of changes to exterior trim and ornamentation included H-O-L-D-E-N letters across the bonnet front edge, diecast chrome fins on rear guards, additional chrome work on special side panels.

The drivers seating position was improved and the new steering wheel with a half horn ring (instead of the FE’s full ring) made for better visibility of the instruments. GM-H didn’t stop there, and added extra “hooding” around the instruments to help cut down on distracting reflections.

Information from Classic Holden Cars.

1953 FJ Holden Panel Van

A much-celebrated Australian icon, the FJ ensured Holden’s place as the country’s most popular car. It was distinguished by a bold new grille, new hubcaps and a torpedo-style tail-light.

Engine, power output and gearing remained unchanged. There were now three model levels: Standard, Business and the Special sedan – and a panel van joined the utility.

Virtues included energetic performance, rugged dependability, low maintenance, unbeatable value.

Information from Classic Holden Cars.

1977 HZ Holden

1977 HZ Holden aka Holden Sandman Panel van.

Final revision of the HQ series and the last traditionally-sized Holden until the VN, the HZ range offered RTS and four-wheel disc brakes. RTS made dramatic improvements to handling safety, and combined with other suspension modifications gave the HZ a more sporty, European feel. Four-wheel disc brakes were standard fitment on Statesman and GTS, optional on sedans and wagons Minor styling changes included a revised grille, higher bootlid, upgraded interior trim and improved instrumentation.

Information from Classic Holden Cars.

1963 EH Holden

One of the best-loved Holdens and the fastest-selling Australian car ever (250,000 in 18 months). Clever “Power Swept” styling incorporated a new roofline and there were, major rear end changes. Powered by two versions of a completely new “red” engine, the 149 and 179. With 7-bearing crankshafts, hydraulic valve lifters, external oil pump and new piston and head design, they delivered 33 per cent and 53 per cent more power respectively and improved fuel economy.

Offered optional factory-fitted power steering for the first time. Introduced the Premier station wagon. Unbeatable value for money at the same price as the EJ and cheaper than mid-50s Holdens.

Information from Classic Holden Cars.

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