Holden History FB
With the popularity of Chevrolet late 50s styled cars with the australian public, General Motors Holden decided to continue with the basic form for their new FB series. They did however make some refinements, the weight of the car was slightly increased through a length increase of 140mm. With the increased weight came an increased capacity motor, the old 132ci was altered to become the 138ci motor, with the increased weight though this only returned the FB to the performance of the FC.
The FB entered the market only 2 weeks before Fords new XK series, Holden though was enjoying a 50%+ market share of car sales in Australia at the time. Being the first Holden with the new acrylic paint work (or Magic Mirror as it was referred to at the time) gave the FB an improved appearance over its predecessors.
Changes to the FB over its predecessors included:
Acrylic paint (Magic Mirror), increased engine capacity (138ci), american styled dash, upgraded brakes, fins part of the body not add-ons like the FC, increased body length (140mm) and weight, better interior layout increasing room, better ventilation through design changes, wrap around windscreen and rear pillar windows, a lower bonnet line, heavier front coils and wider rear leaf springs. Also added was the new "Warmaride" heater/demister and an optional wireless radio.
The FB included basic safety and handling upgrades (brakes/suspension) but gained little over its predecessor the FC due to increased body length and weight on top of the same wheel track. It was however an important model for Holden due to it being the first Holden to be made with a left hand drive variant for export.
The FB Holden was released in the now standard types of Standard and Special (the Business Sedan was removed from the lineup) and Commercial (Ute and Panel Van).
Standard - The Standard FB was the general model with no added extras or options, it was slightly cheaper than the Special.
Special - The Special was the most common type of FB, it included more chrome and stainless fittings, it included the upgraded electrical system and the new four brush starter motor.
|Price New||Number Built||Engines||Transmissions||Performance: |
0 - 100 km/h
|$2214||174,747||138||3 speed column manual||20.8 seconds||21.8 seconds|
Information for this page was gathered from the following sites:
Unique Cars and Parts
Holden Main Site
and from the following books:
SPOTLIGHT ON HOLDEN 1948-1959 by Tony Davis
HOLDEN: THE CLASSIC MODELS by Marque
FX (48/215) to HR Workshop Manual by Gregorys