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  48-215 Holden AKA FX

 
48-215 or FX 1948
The 48-215 was finally here and more importantly the Holden was all Australian although it was tested in the USA and had developement changes there. By the end of 1948 the total production was just 112 but the demand for the home grown product was enormous and by 1950 Holden had increased it's production to 80 units per day. Capable of 30 miles per gallon of gasoline and with the ability to smooth out the rough roads around Australia the Holden became the car everyone wanted. The racing boys enjoyed considerable success with the FX as the weight was less than a ton and with a bit of tuning (a lot) was capable of nearly 200 km/h (125 mph) out the reliable 'Grey motor'. In fact in 1958 Leo Geoghegan won the Sedan and Sports Car events at the Easter Bathurst race meet in a 48-215.

FX
FX was a term used later in the Holden's life as when the 48-215 was on sale it was simply refered to as a Holden. even when the FJ came into existance it was refered to as the old model and the FJ the new model.
There are numerous theories where the nick-name FX came from, the one about NASCO (spare parts) using it as a reference so it would not be confused with the FJ is the most probable. After a period of time people who came in for parts would refer to the FX model as told to them by the parts people.

Canadian Block
There were rumours about a special 'Canadian Block' that was built with thicker walls that could be bored out further than the Australian blocks. These engines appeared in the very early cars and were very sort after for many many years after!  It is believed that the term was derived from the fact that the original dies made in Canada thicker cylinder walls but caused some overheating, a new set of dies were made with thinner walls and were introduced reasonably early into the production run!

As early as 1949 there were changes on the drawing board to the grill as they were made of many parts and were costly to manufacture. Even the 2-piece front window was replaced in one American made model.
 

This was the most photographed prototype KY442 (the 2nd prototype).  It was a long wait for many Australians but finally it was here, Australias own car! After WW2 there was a huge amount patriotism among Australians and to actually build there own car was just about as good as you could get.
 Specifications
Introduction: 
November 1948

Price when released
$1466

Engine:
2.15 litre (132 ci) inline six ohv

Power :
45 kW (60 hp)

Transmission:
Three speed manual column shift

Performance 0-100 km/h
20.0 seconds

Standing 400 m / Top speed
20.5 seconds / 75 mph (120 km/h)

Production:
120,402

Models and code:
Sedan 48-215
Business sedan 48-215-257
Utility 50-2106
7405105 is a replacement body for the Sedan.

 Pics
Another great event in Australian motor history was the inception of the Holden Ute, a utility vehicle that took the outback by storm.
All the rural areas were in need of a utility vehicle that they could load up with anything and still drive to the city  in comfort if needed.
Style No.: Sedan
Body No.: Serial Number
Trim No.: Larne Green
Paint No.: Alder Green (Metallic Duco Lacquer)
Top: (roof colour if different)
ACC: Month (October)
NOTE: Dulux paint number is 5955

Racing 48-215s were popular amongst all types of motorsport competitors and were seen all over the country like this one (left) at the Huntly Hill Climb event in the 1960s.