Holden FB

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Holden FB
Holden Special FB Sedan.jpg
Holden FB Special Sedan
Overview
Manufacturer General Motors-Holden's
Also called Holden Standard
Holden Special
Holden Utility
Holden Panel Van
Production January 1960 to May 1961
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
2-door coupé utility
2-door panel van
Layout FR layout
Powertrain
Engine 138 cu in (2.3 L) 6-cyl [1]
Transmission 3 speed manual [1]
3 speed automatic [1]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 105.0 inches (2667 mm) [1]
Length 181.5 inches (4610 mm) [1]
Width 67.0 inches (1703 mm) [1]
Height 60.0 inches (1521 mm) [1]
Curb weight Standard Sedan: 2473 lb (1122 kg) [1]
Chronology
Predecessor Holden FC
Successor Holden EK

The Holden FB is an automobile that was produced by General Motors-Holden's in Australia from 1960 to 1961.[2] Introduced on 14 January 1960,[1] the FB series replaced the Holden FC range.[2]

Model range[edit]

The FB range consisted of four-door sedans in two trim levels, five-door station wagons in two trim levels,[3] a two-door coupe utility and a two-door panel van.[4] The six models were marketed as follows:

The Holden Business Sedan, which had been marketed as part of the FC range, was not carried over to the FB series.[2]

Holden FB Standard Sedan
Holden FB Standard Station Sedan
Holden FB Special Sedan
Holden FB Special Station Sedan
Holden FB Utility
Holden FB Panel Van

Changes[edit]

The FB was promoted as being longer, lower, more spacious and more powerful than the FC model although in reality it was only slightly so on each count.[5] Overall length was 5.5 inches (140 mm) greater whilst the wheelbase remained the same.[5] The engine was bored out by 1/16 of an inch to take the engine capacity to 138 cubic inches and the compression ratio was raised. However the resulting extra 4 brake horsepower (3.0 kW) of power did not compensate for the extra weight of the FB and performance was thus inferior to that of its predecessor.[2] Changes were also made to the brakes, front coil springs, air cleaner and clutch.[2]

Obvious styling differences were the lower bonnet, finned rear mudguards with new taillights (on the sedans and wagons only) and a wrap-around windscreen.[5] Seating was improved as was the instrument panel.[5]

Notably, the FB was the first Holden model to also be produced in left-hand drive form, these vehicles being destined for export markets.[2]

Engines[edit]

All FB models were powered by a 138 cubic inches (2,260 cc) inline six-cylinder engine, producing 75 brake horsepower (56 kW).[1]

Production and replacement[edit]

After a production run of 147,747 vehicles,[1] the FB was replaced by the Holden EK series in May 1961.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Holden FB Specifications Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 15 October 2009
  2. ^ a b c d e f Holden FB Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 15 October 2009
  3. ^ a b c d e ”Holden, Australia’s Own Car” (GMH sales brochure for Holden FB Sedans and Station Sedans)
  4. ^ a b c ”Holden, Australia’s Own Utility, Australia’s Own Panel Van” (GMH sales brochure for Holden FB Utility and Panel Van)
  5. ^ a b c d Tony Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 78
  6. ^ Holden Heritage Part 1 Retrieved from media.gm.com on 15 October 2009

Further reading[edit]

  • Norm Darwin, 100 Years of GM in Australia, 2002, pages 230–231
  • Norm Darwin, The history of Holden since 1917, 1983
  • The Sixties Holden Archive – Holden FB Retrieved from members.tripod.com on 15 October 2009