Holden EH

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Holden EH
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Holden EH Special Sedan
Manufacturer General Motors-Holden's
Also called Holden Standard
Holden Special
Holden Premier
Holden Utility
Holden Panel Van
Production 1963–1965
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
2-door coupé utility
2-door panel van
Layout FR layout
Engine 149 cu in (2.4 L) 6-cyl
179 cu in (2.9 L) 6-cyl
Transmission 3spd manual
3spd "Hydra-Matic" automatic
Wheelbase 106.0 inches (2692mm)
Length 177.6 inches (4511mm)
Width 68.0 inches (1727mm)
Height 58.2 inches (1478mm)
Curb weight 2464lb (1118kg)
Predecessor Holden EJ
Successor Holden HD

The Holden EH is an automobile produced by General Motors-Holden's in Australia from 1963 to 1965.

The EH was released in August 1963[1] replacing the Holden EJ series and was the first Holden to incorporate the new "Red" engine, with 7 main bearings instead of 4 for the "Grey" engine, and a larger capacity of 149ci (2400cc) or 179ci (2900cc). These engines were attached to three-speed manual or "Hydramatic" three-speed automatic transmissions with a column gear shifter; the three-speed manual (column shift) gear box had no synchromesh on first gear, requiring double de-clutching.

A total of 256,959 EH Holdens were produced and sold from 1963 to 1965, when the EH was replaced by the Holden HD series.


The Holden EH range was offered in the following models:[2]

  • Standard Sedan [3]
  • Standard Station Sedan [3]
  • Special Sedan [3]
  • Special Station Sedan [3]
  • S4 Special Sedan [2]
  • Premier Sedan [3]
  • Premier Station Sedan [3]
  • Utility [4]
  • Panel van [4]

The Station Sedan name was used on all station wagon models.

"Standard" models were basic with no side badging and were mostly fitted with 149ci engines, rubber floor mats and single-tone acrylic paint finish. "Special" models came equipped with stainless moulding strips all round, special badges and optional two-tone paint jobs still in acrylic paint. "Premier" was the top of the range model with 179ci engine and hydramatic transmission, leather interior,bucket seats,fold down centre armrest in back seat,carpets, metallic paint, centre console incorporating a heater/demister, diamond dot radio, handbrake warning light and chrome plated wheel trims. The Standard EH was the same price as its predecessor (EJ) at A$2102.

The "S4 Special" was introduced in September 1963 for racing homologation purposes (a minimum of 100 were required to be built & sold). These featured a 179 engine, manual transmission with hardened gears,12 gallon fuel tank (9 gallon was standard), a more comprehensive tool kit, metal lined brake shoes and a larger tailshaft.[5] Six were produced at Holden's Melbourne's (Dandenong) plant and 120 in Sydney's (Pagewood) plant.[6]


  1. ^ Norm Darwin, 100 Years of GM in Australia, 2002, page 235
  2. ^ a b Holden EH Technical Specifications Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 1 March 2009
  3. ^ a b c d e f Sales brochure for EH series Holden Sedans and Station Sedans
  4. ^ a b Sales brochure for EH series Holden Utility and Panel Van
  5. ^ 1963 Holden EH, The Holden Heritage Retrieved from www.holden.com.au on 1 March 2009
  6. ^ 1963 EH Holden Special S4, Australian Muscle Car, Issue 9, pages 80-86

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