Holden FB

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General Motors Holden

Holden FB

1960 - 1961
Country:
Australia
Engine:
6 cyl.
Capacity:
2262 cc
Power:
75 bhp / 56kW
Transmission:
3 spd. man
Top Speed:
n/a
Number Built:
174.747
Collectability:
3 star
Released in January 1960, just two weeks before the arrival of Ford's XK Falcon, the FB Holden directly reflected the changing taste and style of the 60's.

Immediately evident was the incorporation of real "fins" to the design rather than simple chrome additions to the rear guards as seen on the FJ and FC.

The design was 140mm longer than the previous model, and suffered a resultant power to weight ratio disadvantage with the outgoing FC. To cope with the extra weight, Holden used heavier rated coils in the front suspension, widened the rear leaf springs and upgraded the brakes.

The ever reliable 'grey' engine was bored out by 1/16th of an inch to take the capacity to 136cu in. Despite these changes to the engine capacity (increased from the original 132ci to 138ci), the resultant extra 3kw of power was not enough to compensate for the extra weight of the larger car and the FC remained the faster of the two.

The 'Americana' style dashboard was far more elegant, the centrepiece being the speedo which featured an orange-coloured curved indicator band instead of traditional needle pointer.

The windscreen was now a "wrap-around" design, and the overall glass area was increased by almost 30%, with the resultant better visibility for the driver. The bonnet was longer, lower and flatter and the interior was better designed to increase the feeling of spaciousness.

Ventillation was further improved over the old model by the introduction of a full-width intake vent situated between the front windscreen and rear edge of the bonnet.

The options list included such additions as the 'Warmaride' heater/demister, and now a wireless (radio) could be added should you wish to listen to music while you drove.

The upmarket "Special" was adorned with more chrome and stainless, particularly on the side panels and C-pillars. The electrical system was upgraded, and featured a new larger capacity battery and four-brush starter motor.

Improvements in paint technology saw the introduction of a new "Dulon" acrylic lacquer paint, dubbed the "Magic Mirror Finish", further enhancing the prestige of the vehicle.

There were 6 FB models from which to choose, although the "Business Sedan" was deleted from the model lineup. The FB was also significant in that it was the first model for which left-hand drive export versions were produced. Holden was still holding its 50% share of the domestic market - much to the displeasure of its rivals, particularly Ford, who were about to launch their attack on the Holden domination.

Magic Mirror Acrylic Lacquer Paint (1 track)

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