Updated: May 15
A page from our Pictorial History of Redcliffe and Moreton Bay 1950-80s book.
This image features a 1957 FE Holden towing a 1955 Carapark Hunter caravan at Chatham St Margate in 1961.
Inside the car is Michael Fenwick with his grandparents, Alice and Fred Enchelmaier, Cnr Chatham St and Knights Tce. Margate, Qld, 1961 . Photo by Jim Fenwick.
The Holden FE was produced by Holden in Australia from 1956 until 1958. It was also the first Holden to be assembled in New Zealand, where General Motors New Zealand built their first example on 31 January 1957.
The FE models were built on a longer wheelbase than the FJ series Holdens which they replaced, and they featured totally different styling, the FJ models having used a body shape carried over from the original Holden 48-215 seriesintroduced in 1948.
A single piece windscreen was now fitted and other improvements included a 12-volt electrical system (replacing the previous 6-volt system), improved steering, a front stabiliser bar and wider wheel rims. All models used a 2262 cc in-line six cylinder engine, coupled with a 3-speed manual gearbox.
Engine improvements over the FJ included the use of bigger valves and an increased compression ratio of 6.8:1, which increased the power output from 45 kW (60 hp) to 53 kW (71 hp).
The caravan is a 1955 Carapark Hunter Junior 10’9”, produced in Mayfield NSW.