Classic Car Catalogue

Holden 1956

FE – new model (July)  


Introduced in July 1956, the FE range offers the Holden Standard Sedan, Holden Business Sedan and Holden Special Sedan, the names designating different levels of equipment and interior trim.


Holden FJ

wb: 103 in.
(2616 mm)
6 cyl. ohv
(2171 cc)
65 hp
Sedan Standard   – discontinued
Sedan Business   – discontinued
Sedan Special z większym silnikiem. – discontinued
Coupé Utility    
Panel van    


Holden FJ Sedan Special

Holden FJ Sedan Standard


Holden FE

wb: 105 in.
(2667 mm)
6 cyl. ohv
(2171 cc)
70 hp
Sedan Standard  
Sedan Business  
Sedan Special  


Holden Special Sedan

AUSTRALIA'S own car-the Holden has been in full production for seven years. Since that time, General Motors-Holden have embarked upon huge expansion programmes, culminating in the £21½ million scheme announced last year. Holden production increased from 39,587 cars in 1954 to 46,941 last year-nearly half the total of British cars, c.k.d. units and chassis imported into Australia during 1955. Import restrictions and the dock strike last year have weighed heavily against British exports, but it is clear that the local product is an important and growing factor in Australian sales.
The Holden has proved well suited to local conditions. A roomy six-seater body and an engine of just over two litres, providing a lively performance with a fuel consumption better than 30 m.p.g., are strong points in its favour.
An important improvement in the revised model is the greater space in the body made possible by the increased wheelbase and track, and the adoption of full-width styling. Front seat width is now 57 1/8 in-an increase of 3 in-and the rear seat width goes up from 55 ¾ in to 58 3/16 in. Leg room is greater in front and rear compartments, and the front seat has a new control which gives vertical as well as fore and aft adjustment. The facia has been restyled, with a lockable glove box on the passenger's side and all instruments and controls grouped in front of the driver, who has a steering column control for the three-speed and reverse gear box, pendant pedals for clutch and brake and a two-spoke steering wheel with a horn ring. The steering column is more raked. Higher power and torque are produced by the six-cylinder overhead valve engine without an increase in capacity. This has been achieved by fitting valves of larger diameter, with improved "throating" of the inlet ports and an increase of compression ratio to 6.8 to 1. A modified mounting gives a more positive control of engine movements in the frame, and increases the ground clearance at the sump to 8.92in.
An improved independent front suspension has one-piece steel stampings for upper and lower wishbones, and an anti-roll bar has been added. Steering is the latest recirculating ball type evolved by General Motors. Our own single experience of the Holden suggested that the former design of steering and front suspension could be modified with advantage. Rear half-elliptic springs are lengthened, and are rubber-mounted at the rear axle. New flanged rear axle shafts are fitted and wheels are smaller at Din diameter with tubeless tyres. Kerb weight of the new model has increased by 132 lb but performance should not suffer in view of the higher engine output.

Wheels August 1956
4 page introduction article.
Wheels September 1956
2 page article.