The Holden EJ is a motor vehicle which was produced by General Motors-Holden’s in Australia from 1962 to 1963. Introduced in July 1962, the EJ replaced the Holden EK series.

The styling of the EJ was a radical departure from that of the EK with a lower roofline, a flatter boot and an absence of fins. Improvements were made to the brakes, front suspension and the Hydra-matic automatic transmission.

A new luxury model, the Holden Premier, made its debut in the EJ series and featured leather interior, bucket seats, metallic paint, a heater/demister with centre console and arm rests on all four doors. It was fitted with Hydra-matic 3-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment, this being optional on other EJ series models.

All EJ models were powered by a 138.0 cubic inches (2,262 cc) inline six-cylinder engine, producing 75 brake horsepower (56 kW). It was also powered by the red motor in utility format and panel van format. Commonly known as the grey motor, it had been in service since the introduction of the original Holden 48/215 model in 1948 and the EJ would be the last Holden to be equipped with this engine. It was also powered by the 149 red engine when changeover began as Holden ran out of grey motors.

The HOLDEN CLASSICS FB EK EJ series is a motor vehicle that was produced by Holden in Australia from 1961 to 1962. Introduced on 2 May 1961, the EK series was a facelifted version of the Holden FB, which it replaced.

The EK, the first new Holden released in the 1960s, was a minor face-lift of the superseded FB series, with obvious changes limited to a new grille of eight vertical bars (instead of six), and body side mouldings. In terms of finish, “Standard” vehicles were painted in a single colour with no additional trimming or fittings, while “Special”, the most popular model, came with stainless steel trims along the side and a white roof, as well as chrome Special badges, and two-tone vinyl interiors. Parking lights were incorporated into the top grille bar, and other changes included new exterior badges, a revised interior trim, electric wipers (replacing the old vacuum type ones), and a new fresh-air unit with a new ventilation air intake located forward of the windscreen.

The only significant mechanical change from the FB was the introduction of the first automatic transmission to be offered on a Holden. Marketed as the Hydra-Matic, it was a well-regarded three-speed unit which was fully imported from the United States. It was only offered as an option on the Holden Special models. Other options included more than 30 approved NASCO Accessories, such as a bonnet lock, a locking tank cap, a car heater, external rear-view mirrors, or a sunshade.

Visually, the two commercial vehicles, the Utility and Panel Van, remained almost identical to the previous model, the FB. In fact, the FB rear quarter panels and tail lights were carried over to the EK commercials. The carrying capacity was however increased from 8 cwt to 10 cwt by fitting upgraded springs.


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