Holden History FJ

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Produced October 1953 to June 1956.

In late 1953 General Motors Holden gave their FX Holden a facelift, the FX was a bit dull compared to other makes and models of cars on the road and was starting to show its age, what does a woman do to pretty herself up? That's right, some make-up. The make-up for the FX wasn't mainly painted on but when Holden was finished she was a good looking young lady. The very basic front grill was the most noticeable change, gone was the vertical slat grill to be replaced by an beautiful finned version, the detailed front grill included a second bumper bar look that gave it a very sophisticated and elegant look which made the FX front end look like the FJs impoverished brethren.

Changes to the FJ over the FX included: Cone shaped hubcaps, 5.90 x 15 tyres, new bright metal body decorations, new front frill, bumpers and fins on the rear guards. The FJ also had a much improved list of options for the marketplace. The "Special" FJ had rear passenger assist straps, chrome instrument surrounds, deluxe leather seat trim, armrests, front door courtesy switches, dash facia grille extending to glovebox, window winders and the new two-tone finish that continued for many years afterwards, colours available also extended to 12. Engine capacity wasn't touched but the FJ had a few minor mechanical updates.

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In 1953 Holden created a new variant of the FJ to hit a more specific market, 25 of the new Holden FJ Panel Vans hit the market, Holden also planned a Station Sedan (Wagon) which got to the prototype stage but never made it to manufacture. By todays standards the FJ panel van looked more like a wagon except for the flush rear door. In 1956 Holden number 250,000 was built and Holden lifted production to 100,000 per year which was staggering considering it started at 10 per day with the FX.

FJ 215 - Standard sedan

FJ 217 - Business sedan

FJ 225 - Special sedan

FJ 2106 - Utility

FJ 2104 - Panel van

The FX and FJ were also very popular on the racetrack, infact they were still commonly used even after they were replaced by their later offspring models due to their lighter weight. It wasn't unheard of for an FX or FJ to be modified to the point that they could actually get to 200km/h on good tracks.

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Figures of Interest
Price New Number Built Engines Transmissions Performance:

0 - 100 km/h


Standing 400m

$2046 169,969 132 3 speed column manual 20.0 seconds 20.5 seconds

Information for this page was gathered from the following sites:

Early Holdens

Unique Cars and Parts

Southgate Holden

Australian Holdens

Holden Main Site

and from the following books:

SPOTLIGHT ON HOLDEN 1948-1959 by Tony Davis


FX (48/215) to HR Workshop Manual by Gregorys