The FJ Holden was announced to the public on October 28, 1953. It became an instant hit, with waiting lists for delivery ranging from six months to a year.
Almost 170,000 FJ sedans, utilities and panel vans were sold in the following two years and two months before the arrival of the FE model in 1956. The glamorous (for those times) FJ Special stole the limelight, accounting for almost half the total sales. Its chrome and stainless steel trim lent it an air of luxury. You could even get two-tone paint at no extra cost.
By the end of the 50s, many FJs had been traded in for newer models, but some were handed down to the owners' children, for whom an FJ was their first car, and often the car they learned to drive in.
As time passed, two generations of Australians found themselves with such nostalgic memories of their FJs that the FJ became an Australian icon, and it remains so to this day.
The 48-FJ Holden Club of SA Inc. will celebrate the FJ's 60th anniversary with a Show and Shine at the National Motor Museum this Sunday. The event is open to all '48 - '77 Holdens, but entrants must be members of registered car clubs. Details below. Spectators are welcome.
FJ Holden 60th Anniversary Show and Shine
Date: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Time: 9.30am till 3.30pm (Gates open for entrants at 9:30am and close at 11am)
Location: National Motor Museum, Birdwood, SA
Eligibility: Holdens from 48-215 'FX' through to the 1977 HZ are eligible. Owners must be members of a registered car club. Vehicle entry fee of $15 includes family entry to the Museum.
Entry forms available from Don Loffler - email: [email protected],
Event co-ordinator Don Loffler - 0408 612 738