Milestones 1960 - 1969

1960

May

FB Holden released.
Engine capacity and power output increased to 138 ci and 75 hp.

1960

May

LHD Holdens released, increasing export potential.

1961

May

EK Holden released with optional automatic transmission.

1962

July

EJ Holden released with the luxury Premier sedan added.

1962

October 25

1,000,000th Holden produced.

1963

August

EH Holden released. Premier wagon added.
Range of all-new engines available in 149 and 179 capacities.
Range of rear axle ratios available - 3.36:1 and 3.55:1.
Power steering available as a factory optional extra.

1963

September

First ‘performance’ Holden released - the EH S4.
179, manual, 3.55:1 axle, power brakes made for real excitement.

1963

October 6

S4 Holden finishes second in class and overall in Armstrong 500.

1965

February

HD Holden released with ‘space curve’ styling.
179 X2 engine producing 140 horsepower added to range.
Powerglide automatic transmission replaces Hydra-Matic.
Vinyl roof cover optional on Premier sedan.

1965

June

Ball joint front suspension replaces king pin design.
Front wheel disc brakes optional on all models.

1965

October 14

1,500,000th Holden produced.

1966

April

HR Holden released with larger engines - 161 and 186 capacities.
Power output on 186 X2 engine now 145 horsepower.

1966

May

Positraction rear axle (LSD) added to range.

1966

September

Safety upgrade to range.
Seat belts for outboard front occupants,
external rear view mirror amongst items
now fitted as standard.

1967

March 20

100,000th export Holden produced.

1967

May

186S engine replaces X2. Automatic choke incorporated.
Positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) now on all engines.
4-speed manual all-synchromesh transmission (Opel) optional.
HR-1746 ‘hot rod’ featured 186S, 4-speed, LSD, disc brakes.

1968

February

HK Holden released with optional imported V8 engine.
Energy absorbing steering column and dual circuit brakes.
All-synchromesh 3-speed manual transmission optional.
Options ‘game’ went into overdrive overnight.
Premier sedan featured exclusive body with executive roofline.
Standard, Special models replaced by Belmont, Kingswood.
2,000,000 possible build combinations with no two cars alike!

1968

April 1

First Monaro coupe completed.

1968

July

Australia’s first Musclecar, the Holden Monaro GTS 327 released.
Monaro coupe range and super luxury Brougham model added.
Available power train combinations now exceeds 20!

1968

September 15

GTS 327 wins 3-hour production car race at Sandown.

1968

October 6

GTS 327 wins Hardie-Ferodo 500, breaking all previous records.

1968

October 15

First Holden V8 engine # 253H1001 is started up.

1968

October 20

Norm Beechey in his GTS 327 wins ATCC race at Calder.

1969

March 3

2,000,000th Holden produced.

1969

May

HT Holden released with increased power 186 engine.
All-synchromesh 3-speed manual transmission standard.
Range of V8 engines available on all models.

1969

August 25

Holden’s most powerful car released - the Monaro GTS 350.

1969

September

White Hot Holden’ limited edition Kingswood sedan released.
The first of many ‘marketing specials’, 253 V8 was standard.

1969

October 5

GTS 350 wins Hardie-Ferodo 500.