Holden FE – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

Holden FE Holden FE

Fully restored Aussie classic with nothing left to do

The FE Holden arrived in 1956 as the first radical redesign of the Australian-made Holden.

It was built atop a longer wheelbase than the preceding FX, which had largely remained unchanged since the original 48-215.

The new FE featured a single-piece windscreen, improved steering, front stabiliser bar, and wider wheels as well as a 12-volt electrical system replacing the old 6-volt system.


Inside the cabin, buyers were welcomed by a roomier yet familiar layout; with improved fit and finish, and some snazzy two-tone upholstery for the FE Special.

Under the bonnet, the 2.2lt inline-six gained bigger valves and a higher compression of 6.8:1, resulting in a modest power increase from 45kW to 53kW. Like its predecessor, the FE’s sole transmission option was a column-mounted three-speed manual.


The FE Holden on sale here presents fully restored and is described by the seller as in ‘mint condition’.

It’s reportedly been fully restored inside and out; with interior re-upholstery, floor mats, kit plates and boot mat.


The car has got five new tyres and is said to be "mechanically A1" with an odometer reading listed at 43,215 miles.

If you’re after a home-grown Aussie classic, this humble FE might fit the bill nicely.

The car is based in South Australia and is listed for a negotiable $42,000.

Check out the full listing here!


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