Holden EK Special Sedan
|Manufacturer||Holden (General Motors)|
|Also called||Holden Standard
Holden Panel Van
|Production||May 1961 to July 1962|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
2-door coupé utility
2-door panel van
|Engine||138 cu in (2.3 L) 6-cyl|
|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)|
The Holden EK series is a motor vehicle that was produced by Holden in Australia from 1961 to 1962. Introduced on 2 May 1961, the EK series was a facelifted version of the Holden FB, which it replaced.
The EK range consisted of four-door sedans in two trim levels, five-door station wagons in two trim levels, a two-door coupe utility and a two-door panel van. The six models were marketed as follows:
- Holden Standard Sedan 
- Holden Standard Station Sedan 
- Holden Special Sedan 
- Holden Special Station Sedan 
- Holden Utility 
- Holden Panel Van 
The EK was a minor facelift of the superseded FB series, with obvious changes limited to a new grille and body side mouldings. Other changes included a revised interior trim, electric wipers, a new heater unit and the addition of a bonnet lock as an option. The only significant mechanical change from the FB was the introduction of the first automatic transmission to be offered on a Holden. Marketed as the Hydra-Matic, it was a three-speed unit which was fully imported from the United States. It was only offered on the Holden Special models.
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).
Production and replacement
After a production run of 150,214 vehicles, the EK was replaced by the Holden EJ series in July 1962. 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.
- Norm Darwin, 100 Years of GM in Australia, 2002, pages 232-233
- "Holden, Australia’s Own Car" (GMH sales brochure for Holden EK Sedans and Station Sedans)
- "Holden, Australia’s Own Utility, Australia’s Own Panel Van" (GMH sales brochure for Holden EK Utility and Panel Van)
- Tony Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 81
- Holden EK Technical Specifications Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 13 February 2010
- Norm Darwin, 100 Years of GM in Australia, 2002, pages 234-235
- 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.
- Norm Darwin, The history of Holden since 1917, 1983
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† HQ–WB Statesmans not marketed under the "Holden" brand, but rather the separate "Statesman" brand.