EJ Holden (1962-63)

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Vehicle Overview

The EJ Holden was cosmetically a major leap forward from its predecessor the EK. Taking influence from the General Motors-owned and German-built Opel Kapitan, the EJ had a bolder, more streamlined, modern look. It had a much lower roofline, squared bonnet and boot, which were curved in the previous two models, and no longer featured the big Chevrolet inspired fins.

The grill was more refined and less chunky than on the EK, and the stainless steel bumpers were more angular. The rear lights had been revised from the separate brake and tail light configuration of the EK to a one-piece round cluster. The drastic redesign was GM-Holden’s move to compete with the recently released Ford Falcon which made the Holden models look dated in comparison.

The EJ Holden was available in four body types – a sedan, station sedan, panel van and a utility model. There were also three trim variants, namely standard, special and premier, which were related to the amount of accessories and the finish of the car. However, mechanically, they were almost identical. The station sedan was optioned in standard or special variants, and the sedan was available with standard, special and premier trim. This was the first appearance of a premier trim variant in the Holden range.

The EJ was powered by the 2.3L six-cylinder “grey” engine which received its name because of the dull grey colour of its factory paint. The EJ would be the last model to feature this engine. With only minor revisions, the grey engine had powered every Holden car since the line’s release of the 48-215 in 1948 (FX Holden), spanning seven different models. Although the six-cylinder grey engine was tough and reliable, it was by that time under powered.

The newer Holdens were heavier than the early models, yet the engines hadn’t been modified to compensate for the extra weight. This left the Holdens seeming a little flat and sluggish, especially when compared to their contemporaries such as the XL Ford Falcon for instance, that ran larger displacement inline-six engines. The 2.3L engine was paired with a 3-speed manual transmission as standard, but the GM “Hydra-Matic” automatic transmission was optioned across the range. Brakes were nine-inch drums on the front and rear which were considered adequate though not fantastic.

Compared to the EK Holden, the EJ Holden had a number of mechanical improvements. It featured a newly designed manual transmission as well as an and improved “Hydra-Matic” automatic transmission. A new generator was installed that produced higher output at lower speeds than that of the previous one and a new, smaller battery unit.

Inside, the EJ featured a new dashboard with a spongy padded instrument panel. The round speedometer of the EK was replaced with a semi-circular type and inbuilt air-vents were positioned on the top of the dash.

The EJ premier sedan, which was marketed as Holdens top of the range, was optioned with a lot of upgrades over the standard and special variants. Automatic transmission came as standard which was a first for any Holden model. It had bucket seats as opposed to the common place bench seats and was fitted with a push-button radio, which was still an optioned extra on the standard and special. The premier was finished in metallic paint that was exclusive to the model, as well as a leather interior, which was available in a range of complimentary colours.

The standard was the most basic Holden model which was optioned with a single colour paint schemes and few body ornaments. The special was offered with two-tone paint options and additional stainless steel and chrome accents. The interiors of both were trimmed in hard wearing vinyl. During the production run of the EJ Model, General Motors-Holden reached a milestone of 1 million Holden vehicles produced since manufacture began in 1948.

Between July 1962 and August 1963, GM-H produced 154,811 units of the EJ Holden before it was replaced with the EH model.

EJ Holden special sedan

EJ Holden utility

EJ Holden Premier Sedan

EJ Holden panel van

EJ Holden Special Station Sedan (Wagon)