1963 Holden EJ – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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1963 Holden EJ Today s Tempter 1963 Holden EJ Today s Tempter

Honest and original, with only minor things to fix. Could be a great project

The Holden EJ arrived in 1961, and wore a bold new look compared to the very 50s looking EK.

Gone were the fins and eye-lids of its predecessor, the EJ had a flat boot and lower roofline penned in response to the early 60s Falcons at the time.

But while the looks were modern, the driveline was not. The grey motor utilised, while reliable, offered no real performance, especially when Falcons at the time were offering 101hp "Pursuit" versions of their XL Falcon.

Wheels Magazine at the time noted that the EJ’s acceleration was "just adequate, certainly not exciting". As it happened, an EJ Prem’ took 1.5 seconds longer than the original 48-215, in the sprint to 60mph.

Humdrum performance aside, EJs are increasingly looked upon with fond eyes, and we still reckon they’re one handsome cruiser.

For the most part, you can still find neat examples that won’t break the bank.

This 1963 EJ has already undergone a minor restoration, reportedly with all rust repaired and the car repainted in its original hue.

The floorpan and inner doors have been treated with waterproof rust seal, and the car still maintains its original grey motor albeit with new fan belt, water pump, and battery.

The seller does outline a few things she’s yet to fix, such as fitting the new carpets (which have already been purchased). The car also could do with new window seals and some repair on the back of the driver’s seat.

All in all, this EJ looks to be an honest and loved example. Listed for $19,000 and based in Adelaide; the car could be a great base for someone willing to fix those few things, and land themselves an awesome historic cruiser.

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