Holden Special sedan
Holden Panel Van
|Production||August 1963–February 1965|
|Body and chassis|
5-door station wagon
2-door coupé utility
2-door panel van
149 cu in (2.4 L) 6-cyl|
179 cu in (2.9 L) 6-cyl
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)|
The Holden EH was an automobile produced by General Motors-Holden in Australia from 1963 to 1965. The EH was released in August 1963 replacing the Holden EJ series and was the first Holden to incorporate the new "Red" engine, with a 7 main bearing crankshaft instead of the 4 main bearing crankshaft used in the "Grey" engine. The larger capacity 149 ci (2400cc) engine was first only sold attached to a three-speed manual gear box or the "Hydramatic" three-speed automatic transmission with a (column shift). Although the Controlled Coupling Hydramatic used in the EH was actually a six speed, it effectively worked as a three speed unit except at full throttle. The 179 ci (2900cc) engine was initially only sold with the "Hydramatic" three-speed. The first EH with a 179 ci engine and a manual gear box was called the "EH-S4", fitted with an up-graded manual gear box, with stronger gears than the 149ci gear box and an up-graded clutch. The three-speed manual (column shift) gear boxes 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:
- Standard Sedan 
- Standard Station Sedan 
- Special Sedan 
- Special Station Sedan 
- S4 Special Sedan 
- Premier Sedan 
- Premier Station Sedan 
- Utility 
- Panel van 
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 the 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. Six were produced at Holden's Melbourne's (Dandenong) plant and 120 in Sydney's (Pagewood) plant.
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- Norm Darwin, 100 Years of GM in Australia, 2002, page 235
- EH Holden Owners Manual, General Motors - Holden, 1964 (Provided with car at purchase)
- Holden EH Technical Specifications Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 1 March 2009
- Sales brochure for EH series Holden Sedans and Station Sedans
- Sales brochure for EH series Holden Utility and Panel Van
- 1963 Holden EH, The Holden Heritage Archived 6 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved from www.holden.com.au on 1 March 2009
- 1963 EH Holden Special S4, Australian Muscle Car, Issue 9, pages 80-86
The Song "EH Leatherette", was recorded by The Detonators, am Australian Rockabilly band, in 2007.
- A Brief History of the EH Holden Retrieved from The Sixties Holden Archives on 1 March 2009
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† HQ–WB Statesmans not marketed under the "Holden" brand, but rather the separate "Statesman" brand.