HOLDEN EH

Posted on Feb 18, 2016

HOLDEN EH

The Holden EH is an automobile produced by General Motors-Holden's in Australia from 1963 to 1965.

The EH was released in August 1963 replacing the Holden EJ series and was the first Holden to incorporate the new "Red" engine, with 7 main bearings instead of 4 for the "Grey" engine, and a larger capacity of 149ci (2400cc) or 179ci (2900cc). These engines were attached to three-speed manual or "Hydramatic" three-speed automatic transmissions with a column gear shifter; the three-speed manual (column shift) gear box had no synchromesh on first gear, requiring double de-clutching.

A total of 256,959 EH Holdens were produced and sold from 1963 to 1965, when the EH was replaced by the Holden HD series.

Range
The Holden EH range was offered in the following models:

Standard Sedan
Standard Station Sedan
Special Sedan
Special Station Sedan
S4 Special Sedan
Premier Sedan
Premier Station Sedan
Utility
Panel van
The Station Sedan name was used on all station wagon models.

"Standard" models were basic with no side badging and were mostly fitted with 149ci engines, rubber floor mats and single-tone acrylic paint finish. "Special" models came equipped with stainless moulding strips all round, special badges and optional two-tone paint jobs still in acrylic paint. "Premier" was the top of the range model with 179ci engine and hydramatic transmission, leather interior,bucket seats,fold down centre armrest in back seat,carpets, metallic paint, centre console incorporating a heater/demister, diamond dot radio, handbrake warning light and chrome plated wheel trims. The Standard EH was the same price as its predecessor (EJ) at A$2102.

The "S4 Special" was introduced in September 1963 for racing homologation purposes (a minimum of 100 were required to be built & sold). These featured a 179 engine, manual transmission with hardened gears,12 gallon fuel tank (9 gallon was standard), a more comprehensive tool kit, metal lined brake shoes and a larger tailshaft. Six were produced at Holden's Melbourne's (Dandenong) plant and 120 in Sydney's (Pagewood) plant.