Holden FX 1948-53


Holden FX 1948-53
Photo by Blow the Truth Gold Coast Car Show

The Holden 48-215 is a mid-size sedan that was produced by the Australian automaker Holden between November 1948 and October 1953. A coupe utility derivative, coded as the 50-2106 and marketed as the Holden Coupe Utility, was produced in January 1951.

The 48-215 was the first model from General Motors in Australia to bear the Holden name.In mainstream parlance, the official name of "Holden 48-215" was eschewed in favour of the shortened "Holden" designation. Following the replacement of the first Holden, the 48-215 gained the unofficial nickname of Holden FX. This designation was first used in the Drawing Office at GM-H in 1952 as an unofficial means of distinguishing between early 48-215 vehicles with front suspension using lever-action shock absorbers, and those with the new telescopic shock absorber front suspension introduced in 1953 - the term "FX" was pencilled onto a parts list for the new suspension components. The title "FX" later came into use in used car advertisements to describe models with the later suspension, first being used by Melbourne dealer Reg Smith Motors in two advertisements in the 10 February 1960 issue of The Age. The use of the term "FX" gradually spread to cover all 48-215 and 50-2106 vehicles, although the term has never been used by Holden in any official manner.



Also called

Holden FX (unofficial)


November 1948–September 1953


PagewoodNew South Wales

Fortitude ValleyQueensland

Body and chassis



Body style

4-door sedan (48-215)

2-door coupe utility (50-2106)


Front-engine, rear-wheel drive



132 cu in (2,171 cc) GMH '132' 


3-speed manual

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