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B1662 Automobile, full size, Holden 48-215 (FX), Standard Sedan, engine No. 2338, production No. 1440S, made by General Motors-Holden's Ltd, Australia, 1951. Click to enlarge.

1951 Holden 48-215 (FX) Standard Sedan

Made by 1951

This is a General Motors-Holden model 48-215. The 48-215 Holden was first released in 1948 and was the first truly successfull mass-produced car to be made in Australia. However, the Holden name has a history associated with road transport dating from 1856. At that time, James Alexander Holden, a British migrant who arrived in Adelaide at the age of 20, was operating a leathergoods business in Adelaide, South Australia. The business underwent a number of major expansion stages, including a merge...

Summary

Object No.

B1662

Object Statement

Automobile, full size, Holden 48-215 (FX), Standard Sedan, engine No. 2338, production No. 1440S, made by General Motors-Holden's Ltd, Australia, 1951

Physical Description

Automobile, full size, Holden 48-215 (FX), Standard Sedan, engine No. 2338, production No. 1440S, made by General Motors-Holden's Ltd, Australia, 1951

Holden Sedan Motor Car, model, 48-215 ( FX ). Engine No. 2338. General Motors design with a 4 bearing, 6 cylinder, ohv, 2.2 litre, water cooled engine, 3 speed gearbox with column change, hydraulic brakes, coil and wishbone independent front suspension, the wheel base was 8'7" and the standard sedan weighed 2212 lb, speed: 80mph.

Specifications:

Years of manufacture: 1948 ? 1953
Number Built: 120,402
Price at Introduction: £733
Total length: 172.0 inches (4370mm)
Total width: 66.9 inches (1702mm)
Height at kerb weight: 61.8 inches (1568mm)
Wheelbase:103.0 inches (2616mm)
Front track: 53.0 inches (1346mm)
Rear track: 54.0 inches (1372mm)
Kerb weight: 2212 lbs (1004 kg)
Turning circle: 37 feet (11.3 m)
Turns of wheel lock to lock: 3 ¼
Overall fuel consumption: 31.6 mpg (8.94 l/100 km)
Transmission: 1st: 2.985:1 to top speed of 30 mph (48 km/h)
2nd: 1.591:1 to top speed of 52 mph (84 km/h)
3rd 1.00 to top speed of 80.4 mph (129 km/h)
Reverse: 2.985:1

Rear axle ratio: 3.89:1
Engine/transmission: standard 6 cylinder engine and 3 speed manual
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 18.7 seconds
Engine capacity: 132.5 cubic inches (2160 cc)
Engine type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
Engine power: 60bhp (45kW) at 3800rpm
Torque: 100lbft (135Nm) at 2000rpm
Compression ratio: 6.5:1
Exhaust: Single tail pipe, straight through resonance type muffler
Front suspension: short and long arm independent type with coil springs
Rear suspension: Hotchkiss Drive with semi-elliptic springs
Steering: Worm and sector type, ratio 14:1
Brakes: Front: Hydraulic 9 inch (229mm) drums
Rear: Hydraulic 9 inch (229mm) drums

Wheels: Demountable disc wheels with drop centre type rim integral with wheel
Tyres: 5.50 x 15, four-ply

Marks

The production number 1440S was stamped on the chassis rail on the driver?s side with ?1? horizontal followed by ?440S? vertically aligned. The ?1? indicated the production year 1951.

Dimensions

Height

1650 mm

Width

1800 mm

Depth

4370 mm

Production

Made

1951

History

Notes

Nothing is known of the early history of this car from its purchase when new until the Museum acquired it. It was purchased from Mr. M. Hackett, an inventor, of Eastbourne Flats No. 2, 19 Imperial Avenue, Bondi, New South Wales on 29th March, 1967. The car was restored in 1976 by apprentices from the School of Vehicles Trades, at Sydney Technical College.

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Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1967

Acquisition Date

29 March 1967

Cite this Object

Harvard

1951 Holden 48-215 (FX) Standard Sedan 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 16 November 2019, <https://ma.as/208530>

Wikipedia

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