Holden FB

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Holden FB
1960-1961 Holden Special (FB) Station Sedan station wagon (2015-07-15) 01.jpg
Holden Special Station Sedan
ManufacturerHolden (General Motors)
Also calledHolden Standard
Holden Special
Holden Utility
Holden Panel Van
ProductionJanuary 1960-May 1961
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
2-door coupé utility
2-door panel van
LayoutFR layout
Engine138 cu in (2.3 L) 6-cyl [1]
Transmission3 speed manual [1]
3 speed automatic [1]
Wheelbase105.0 inches (2667 mm) [1]
Length181.5 inches (4610 mm) [1]
Width67.0 inches (1703 mm) [1]
Height60.0 inches (1521 mm) [1]
Curb weightStandard Sedan: 2473 lb (1122 kg) [1]
PredecessorHolden FC
SuccessorHolden EK

The Holden FB is an automobile that was produced by Holden 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]


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 remained the same at 3" the last model to have this bore, engine capacity remained at 132 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.[6] 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]


All FB models were powered by a 132 cubic inches (2,160 cc) inline six-cylinder engine, the last to have the 3" bore size, producing 75 brake horsepower (56 kW).[6]

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.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Holden FB Specifications Retrieved from www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au on 15 October 2009
  2. ^ a b c d e 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. ^ a b Original Genuine GMH Factory Workshop Manual
  7. ^ 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