Holden EK

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Holden EK
1961-62 EK Special Sedan==.JPG
Holden EK Special Sedan
Manufacturer Holden (General Motors)
Also called Holden Standard
Holden Special
Holden Utility
Holden Panel Van
Production May 1961 to July 1962
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 138 cu in (2.3 L) 6-cyl
Transmission 3spd manual
3spd automatic
Wheelbase 105.0 inches (2667 mm)
Length 181.8 inches (4617 mm)
Width 67.0 inches (1703 mm)
Height 59.9 inches (1521 mm)
Curb weight Standard Sedan: 2471 lb (1121 kg)
Predecessor Holden FB
Successor Holden EJ

The Holden EK series is a motor vehicle that was produced by Holden in Australia from 1961 to 1962.[1] Introduced on 2 May 1961, the EK series was a facelifted version of the Holden FB, which it replaced.[1]

Model range[edit]

The EK range consisted of four-door sedans in two trim levels, five-door station wagons in two trim levels,[2] a two-door coupe utility and a two-door panel van.[3] The six models were marketed as follows:

  • Holden Standard Sedan [2]
  • Holden Standard Station Sedan [2]
  • Holden Special Sedan [2]
  • Holden Special Station Sedan [2]
  • Holden Utility [3]
  • Holden Panel Van [3]


The EK was a minor facelift of the superseded FB series, with obvious changes limited to a new grille and body side mouldings.[1] Other changes included a revised interior trim, electric wipers, a new heater unit and the addition of a bonnet lock as an option.[4] The only significant mechanical change from the FB was the introduction of the first automatic transmission to be offered on a Holden.[4] Marketed as the Hydra-Matic, it was a three-speed unit which was fully imported from the United States.[4] It was only offered on the Holden Special models.[4]

The carrying capacity of the Utility and Panel Van were increased from 8 cwt to 10 cwt by fitting upgraded springs.[1]


All EK models were powered by a 138 cubic inches (2,260 cc) inline six-cylinder engine having been bore out .061" over the earlier models 3" bore, producing 75 brake horsepower (56 kW).[5]

Production and replacement[edit]

After a production run of 150,214 vehicles,[1] the EK was replaced by the Holden EJ series in July 1962.[6] The EK was also sold in South Africa, where it was marketed as the car "built for a country like ours." Due to its rugged nature, it was very popular with farmers in South Africa.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Norm Darwin, 100 Years of GM in Australia, 2002, pages 232-233
  2. ^ a b c d e "Holden, Australia’s Own Car" (GMH sales brochure for Holden EK Sedans and Station Sedans)
  3. ^ a b c "Holden, Australia’s Own Utility, Australia’s Own Panel Van" (GMH sales brochure for Holden EK Utility and Panel Van)
  4. ^ a b c d Tony Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 81
  5. ^ Holden EK Technical Specifications Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 13 February 2010
  6. ^ Norm Darwin, 100 Years of GM in Australia, 2002, pages 234-235
  7. ^ Wright, Cedric, ed. (August 1968). "A car owners' report: Holden (1960-66)". CAR (South Africa). Vol. 12 no. 7. Cape Town, South Africa: Central News Agency Ltd. p. 28. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Norm Darwin, The history of Holden since 1917, 1983

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