The 48-215 (FX) Sedan was the first Holden car ever built in Australia. Launched by Prime Minister Ben Chifley on 29 November 1948, this family car was well ahead of its time with a top speed of 80.4 mph (129 km/h) and fuel consumption of 9.4 litres per 100 Kilometres. A 48-215 Utility was added in 1951 and a Business Sedan in 1953.
ENGINE: 2.15 litre six-cylinder
TRANSMISSION: Three-speed manual gearbox
MODELS: Standard Sedan, Business Sedan and Utility
PRICE WHEN NEW: $1,466/£733
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (SEDAN): Length: 4,370mm; Wheelbase: 2,616mm; Width: 1,702mm
IDENTIFICATION: Chrome grille with vertical slats; the word ‘Holden’ across centre front of bonnet and across boot; split two-piece windscreen; no front or rear turn indicators and one centrally mounted rear stop light with body coloured surround.