Holden EJ

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Holden EJ
Holden Special EJ Sedan.jpg
Holden Special Sedan (EJ)
Overview
Manufacturer General Motors-Holden's
Also called Holden Standard
Holden Special
Holden Premier
Holden Utility
Holden Panel Van
Production Sedan & Station Sedan: 1962–1963
Utility & Panel Van: 1963
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
Related Opel Kapitän[1]
Powertrain
Engine 138 cu in (2,262 cc) I6
Transmission 3-speed manual
3-speed "Hydra-Matic" automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 105.0 inches (2667 mm)
Length 176.9 inches (4493 mm)
Width 68.0 inches (1727 mm)
Height 58.0 inches (1473 mm)
Curb weight Standard Sedan: 2492lb (1130 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor Holden EK
Successor Holden EH

The Holden EJ is a motor vehicle that was produced by General Motors-Holden's in Australia from 1962 to 1963.[1] It was also assembled in New Zealand by GMNZ.[2] Introduced in July 1962,[3] the EJ replaced the Holden EK series.[1]

Model range[edit]

On introduction, the EJ range consisted of four-door sedans in three trim levels and five-door station wagons in two trim levels.[4] A two-door coupe utility and a two-door panel van were added to the range in January 1963.[3] The seven models were marketed as follows:

Changes[edit]

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.[1] Improvements were made to the brakes, front suspension and the Hydra-matic automatic transmission.[1]

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.[1] It was fitted with Hydra-matic 3-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment,[1] this being optional on other EJ series models.[4][5]

Engines[edit]

All EJ models were powered by a 138.0 cubic inches (2,262 cc) inline six-cylinder engine, producing 75 brake horsepower (56 kW).[3] 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.[6]

Production and replacement[edit]

After a production run of 154,811 vehicles,[3] the EJ was replaced by the Holden EH series [7] in August 1963.[8] The 1,000,000th Holden, an EJ Premier, was produced on 26 October 1962.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Holden EJ at www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au
  2. ^ Webster, Mark (2002), Assembly: New Zealand Car Production 1921-98, Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand: Reed, p. 80c, ISBN 0-7900-0846-7 
  3. ^ a b c d Holden EJ Technical Specifications Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 24 March 2010
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Holden EJ sales brochure
  5. ^ a b c Holden EJ sales brochure 130M of January 1963
  6. ^ Holden 6 Cylinder Grey Motor Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 24 March 2010.
  7. ^ Holden EH Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 24 March 2010
  8. ^ Holden EH Technical Specifications Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 24 March 2010


Further reading[edit]

  • Norm Darwin, 100 Years of GM in Australia, 2002
  • Norm Darwin, The history of Holden since 1917, 1983
  • AC Bushby, The Holden collection: a nostalgic look at the first 30 years of Holden cars in Australia, 1988


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