The FE brought an all new body shape for 1956, with
modern looks and a roomier interior thanks to the longer
There were many improvements, such as the introduction
of a 12 volt electrical system (replacing the previous
6 volt system), engine modifications that included the
use of bigger valves, and compression was lifted to 6.8:1
upping the power to 53kw instead of the usual 45kw.
Steering was improved with a new design, fully sealed,
recirculating-ball steering box and new linkages, a front
stabiliser bar added, wider wheel rims (4.5 inches) shod
with 6.40 x 13 tires. Clutch and brake pedals were changed
from floor mounted to pendant type.
GMH recognised that buyers wanted their cars to be
an individual statement about themselves, and so introduced
new color schemes and models - in fact seven distinct
models were now available including, in 1957, the introduction
of a station wagon (at the time referred to as a "Station
The dash was all new with a large centre-mounted radio
speaker grille, full-circle horn ring, relocated instruments
and controls and a larger, lockable glovebox.
Specials had blinkers as standard equipment with the rear
blinker flashing the stop light. Nasco options included
reversing lights, windscreen washers, and a front screen
Last but not least amoung the improvements for the FE
was the single peice windscreen for better visibility.