Holden FJ

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Holden FJ
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Holden FJ Special Sedan
Manufacturer Holden (General Motors)
Production 1953–1956
Assembly Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth, Australia
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size car
Body style 4-door sedan
2-door coupe utility
2-door panel van
Layout FR layout
Engine 2.2 L (132.5 cu in) I6
Transmission 3-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,620 mm (103 in)[1]
Length 4,401 mm (173.3 in)[2]
Width 1,702 mm (67.0 in)[2]
Height 1,581 mm (62.2 in)[2]
Curb weight 1,018 kg (2,244 lb)[2]
Predecessor Holden 48-215
Successor Holden FE

The Holden FJ series is a range of motor vehicles which was produced in Australia by Holden from 1953 to 1957. The FJ was the second model of an "all Australian car" manufactured by Holden and was based upon the established 48-215 series, commonly referred to as the "FX". The sedan, in Standard, Business and Special trim levels,[3] and a coupe utility were announced in October 1953 and were followed by a Panel van derivative in December of that year.[4] A wagon prototype was built but the bodystyle was not put into production.[5] In 1954, Holden's first exports began with sales of the FJ in New Zealand.[6]

The FJ, of monocoque construction, broadly followed the silhouette of its predecessor, but featured a bolder horizontal styled front grille, along with comfort and decoration upgrades in a new sedan model named the 'Holden Special'.

Originally specified as 60 bhp (45 kW) achieved at 3,800 rpm,[2] the claimed maximum power output from the six-cylinder engine was increased to 65 bhp (48 kW) achieved at 4,000 rpm.

In 1955 the car underwent a mild interior facelift for the Holden Special sedan, along with a variation in paint and trim options. The FJ series was progressively replaced by models from the Holden FE series from July 1956 to May 1957[7] with a total of 169,969 examples produced.[8]

There are nearly 20 specific FX-FJ Holden Car Clubs of Australia with members committed to preserving these iconic Holdens. These clubs organise a national gathering for FX-FJ Holden enthusiasts every second year.

In popular culture[edit]

In the 1976 Australian film, Oz, an FJ features as the pride and joy of the character Greaseball, the heartless mechanic. Its Victorian registration number plate is FJ-056 (white characters on black plate) and the car is dark blue. While he is bragging to his female passenger, Dorothy, about the modifications he made to the 138 cubic-inch engine, it expires in a cloud of smoke. Lifting the bonnet and peering into the smoke, Greaseball exclaims, "Jesus, it’s stuffed!".[9]

In the 1980s Australian television drama series A Country Practice, Brendan and Molly Jones own an FJ. Its New South Wales registration number plate is DBV-862 (black characters on yellow plate) and the car is light grey.[10]

Efijy concept car[edit]

Holden paid homage to the FJ with a 21st-century version of the iconic car, the Efijy.


  1. ^ Gloor, Roger (2007). Alle Autos der 50er Jahre 1945 - 1960 (1st ed.). Stuttgart: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 978-3-613-02808-1. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Holden FJ Technical Specifications". Unique Cars and Parts. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  3. ^ Davis, Tony; Kennedy, Alistair; Kennedy, Ewan (February 2007). "The Holden Heritage - 13th Edition (Part One)". GM Holden. pp. 40–41. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Norm Darwin, 100 Years of GM in Australia, 2002, page 225.
  5. ^ Tony Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 67
  6. ^ Tuckey, Bill (1999). Commodore Lion King: Celebrating 21 Years. Middle Park, Victoria: Quill Visual Communication. p. 120. ISBN 0-646-38231-4. OCLC 222534995. 
  7. ^ Norm Darwin, 100 Years of GM in Australia, 2002, page 228.
  8. ^ Tony Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 67.
  10. ^ DVD "A Country Practice UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS SEASONS 1 – 5"

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