1960 Holden FB sedan: Reader ride

By: Sarah Tabone, Photography by: Sarah Tabone

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1960 Holden FB sedan: Reader ride
Sarah Tabone's 1960 Holden FB sedan

 

Sarah Tabone's 1960 Holden FB Sedan

My FB is my first car and I bought it when I was 27; I was a late-blooming driver. I like antiques and vintage and I never wanted a new and modern car. Many years ago I wanted an old MkI or MkII Cortina, with the upside-down ‘peace symbol’ taillights. I went away to Europe for a few years and when I got home I decided I wanted an Aussie car, either an EK or FB Holden. I saved up some money and looked for about six months before buying my FB already restored for $15,000. I’m the fifth owner and it was originally sold to a man who hailed from Traralgon.

It’s got the 138ci ‘grey motor’ and haven’t had to do anything to it except change a rear main seal and timing gear and give the engine bay a clean. I bought the whitewalls but it came with the original wheel spats and the Venetians. At the recent FB-EK Nationals, one of the previous owners -- the Queensland FB-EK club president who restored the car -- said the car looked better than when he owned it and couldn’t believe he’d sold it to the guy I bought it from with the original spats. He restored the interior using new old stock vinyl and said, "You be careful with that upholstery because it was on a roll in my garage for 20 years." It was two-tone blue when it was made but the lighter blue would originally have been a much duller shade.

The car receives a lot of attention and whenever I fill it up I always get a lot of older fellas telling me their first car was an FB and I have a little giggle and tell them that it’s my first car. It’s a keeper but I’ve just started restoring an EK Holden and I’m doing a night course at the Kangan Institute to learn how to work on cars.

I like everything about my car, it’s my baby and it’s very important to me. I really like the model because of the fins. Jenna – the girl who took these photos – and I have started a ladies car/motorcycle club called The Betty Rumblers, and the ladies who don’t have cars we call Back-Seat Bettys. At the moment we have about five cars and we’re looking for new members, so ladies, check us out on Facebook.

 

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More reviews:

> Buyer's guide: 1960-62 Holden FB/EK

> Aussie original: Holden FB and EK

> 1962 EK Holden review



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