Holden History FC
When the FC was released in May 1958 Holden sales had already reached a 50.3% market share. It was at this time that it also became apparent that Holden released a model and then followed it with a facelifted model. The FC Holden was the facelift for the FE Holden.
Changes to the FC over the FE appeared superficial but included:
A grille that included the parking lights and was larger with bolder vertical and horizontal bars on all models and also including blinkers on the Special models at either end of the lower bar, more body decoration including chrome fins on the rear guards, interiors had better trimming, a new radio and speaker grille, half circle horn ring and a black instrument surround. The specials also included two-toned paint which was separated by stainless steel side trims.
Engine capacity was not increased in the FC compared to the FE but a different camshaft was used that gave the car more torque, it also had a slightly improved compression ratio that gave the FC slightly more power than the previous FE.
Minor improvements were made to the suspension, brakes, gearchange linkages and steering box.
The FC Holden was released in the types of Standard, Business, Special and Commercial (Ute and Panel Van).
FC 215 - Standard Sedan
FC 217 - Business Sedan
FC 219 - Standard Station Sedan
FC 225 - Special sedan
FC 229 - Special Station Sedan
FC 2104 - Panel Van
FC 2106 - Utility
Sales in 1958 exceeded 100,000 for Holdens for the first time and the 500,000th Holden produced was an FC. Also during this production run the 10,000th Holden was exported and export target countries numbered 27.
|Price New||Number Built||Engines||Transmissions||Performance: 0 - 100 km/h||Performance: Standing 400m|
|$2220||191,724||132||3 speed column manual||19.5 seconds||20.8 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.