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Holden FE-FC: The General’s ‘Heavy Metal’ Humpy Hunter

Submitted by on December 4, 2014

1968 Bathurst 500 winner Bruce McPhee

Image thanks to the Shannons Club, via www.autopics.com.au

In the late 1950s Holden’s latest-and-greatest FE sedan was a hit with the public, but didn’t catch discerning racers’ eyes.

The Holden FE sedan enjoyed a 50mm longer wheelbase and wider track combined with an anti-sway bar and recirculating ball steering. Wheel diameter dropped to 13 inches, giving the car a lower centre of gravity and nippier acceleration thanks to the resulting shorter gearing.

All of this contributed to a sweeter-handling machine, but the car only saw slight upgrades to the suspension, drivetrain and motor. It was also anything but slight, putting on some 40 kilograms over the FJ, and more again in 1958 with the FC.

Even though the 48-215 and FJ Holdens remained dominant in the early to mid-60s, FEs and FCs held their own on the track. Enjoy their exploits in Holden FE-FC: The General’s ‘Heavy Metal’ Humpy Hunter over at the Shannons Club.

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