View Full Version : Surprise retro holden at Sydney Motor Show.

10-13-2005, 07:05 PM
This is not like anything Australia's 'General Motors Holden' has ever done before. They call it the $1.5 million FJ, and they claim that's what it would have cost, but most of it was donated by affilliated businesses eager to be part of the project. Actual cost was around $200,000 Australian.

Holden's "wildest concept car ever:a hot rod version of the famous 1953 FJ, with more power than a V8 Supercar."

6.0 Litre supercharged HSV engine. 480kW 775Nm
(Original FJ: 45kW / 60bhp)



Images at http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=3821

The FJ was Holden's second model, running from 1952 to 1956. It was the first new car my father could afford after the War. This show vehicle looks like a cross between the FJ and the Thirties.

Built on a stretched and widened C5 Corvette underpinnings. It can raise and lower on its suspension.

Fibreglass. (Pity about that.)

Kerry Pinkerton
10-13-2005, 07:10 PM
Very cool. Over here, by the time the bean counters and safefy police get through with it, it will have a 1.6 liter 3 cylinder and weigh 5000 lbs with 17 air bags...

roger n cindy
10-13-2005, 08:44 PM
good lord thats a thing of beauty, but i think they have stolen randys oldsmobile and finished it ????? roger

10-13-2005, 09:28 PM
Hmmmm, I'm not seeing the resemblance......:wink: ..........Randy's car could certainly be made to look like that, but the time bandit my interfere.........john

10-13-2005, 10:02 PM
hi guys, wray`s going to step on my neck when he reads this, but... this is cooler than the bugatti !!!

10-13-2005, 10:34 PM
It sure reeks of Cadzilla!...just maybe sleeeker.........john


Well, maybe just the wheels, top and color........

10-14-2005, 12:54 AM
WOW how cool is that ..... me want :grin:

10-14-2005, 03:47 AM

A better front shot than the others in my gallery.

Australia went thru a radical custom era in the sixties that focussed almost entirely on "FX" and FJ Holdens. Guys would beaver the front and rear pans, shave the bonnet, fill in the emblem at the grille top, fill the seams, and fit whatever grille, headlights, and taillights they chose. "FX" is a name the public applied after Holden started the two letter identification with the FJ. Officially the "FX' is a 48/215. These two models are also referred to as "humpies".

All iron in line 6, 132cubic inches, 7.7:1 compression, four mains, 5.50 x 15 tyres, three speed column shift, no syncro on first, coil spring A arms front, semi elliptic leaf springs and live axle at rear, drum brakes all round.

Ford was still selling the English models till about 1960, when the Falcon came in, though a few American single spinner and twin spinner utes and sedans made it in anyway.

Chrysler built a factory and built slant six Valiants here from 1962 onwards, selling out to Mitsubishi in the early eighties

Generally Holden models used to resemble Chevies from a year or two before, made smaller......

Yeah, I am a Holden fan, but not one eyed ...

10-14-2005, 10:10 PM
Is there a photo available showing the backside of that Holden?

10-14-2005, 10:30 PM
hi john , click on seasalts original posts links and there are lots of pics. from every angle.

anders nørgaard
10-14-2005, 10:46 PM
Hej John,

There's one right herehttp://www.metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon7.gif


10-15-2005, 06:21 AM
really nice, but I don't like the swollen boot.
It looks like the rear end was enlarged to have a bigger trunk.
On the other hand with the trunk lid as far inboard of the rear as it is, you would mess your back up trying to load anything into it without wrecking the finish on the tail.

If that were a bit smaller, I think the lines would flow better especially in the 3/4 rear view.


Todd H
10-15-2005, 06:55 AM
Fresh ideas are hard to come by here in the land of the free. It seems everything has already been done to death. Have you been to a car show or picked up a magazine lately? This thing looks fantastic without looking derivitive (granted, I dont know what the original looked like). But I do know that I haven't seen 500 or more of them done before. From the pix it looks like a very high quality project. TODD

10-16-2005, 12:00 AM
Gene has a point about the utilitarian aspects of the rear,....but I'd take my chances! Very good lines, but someone put the steering wheel on the wrong side! http://www.cowboyseven.us/forum/Smileys/default/banghead.gif.............john

10-16-2005, 03:48 AM
This is the original frontal treatment for the 'business sedan':

anders nørgaard
10-16-2005, 05:38 AM
Gene has a point about the utilitarian aspects of the rear,....but I'd take my chances! Very good lines, but someone put the steering wheel on the wrong side! http://www.cowboyseven.us/forum/Smileys/default/banghead.gif.............john

Just turn your back to the screen and view the pic in a mirror. The steering wheel will be where it should be :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

10-16-2005, 05:46 AM
And the original rear. The centre taillight has been recreated, but the rest is quite different. The styling is a smaller echo of your '49 to '52(?) Chev body.

The blinkers are add-ons, and the wheels are the later 13" rims, wider ones... The door protectors were accessories.