Holden Ute Classics

When the first HOLDEN UTE was built it was designed for the “man on the land” and as a small delivery vehicle. Little did GMH know that this design and useage would change over the years to be Australia’s favourite “tradie” ute.

Australia’s first fully manufactured car model, the FX Holden, soon became a favourite for most Australian car buyers. Toted as Australia’s car for Australian conditions, the FX laid the foundation stone for Australia’s most successful car manufacturer GM-H. At first, considering only manufacturing a sedan body, Holden found a need and a demand to quickly develop a utility for the man on the land. The “utility” was born and affectionately became known as the “ute”.

Todays  Holden ute is built for speed, comfort and great design. Options are unlimited with high performance six cylinder and thundering 6 speed v8′s, common place on Australian roads. Tradesmen now dominate the purchasing of these Australian developed concept utilities while the man on the land still uses his ute to do the weekly grocery shopping in a lot more comfort and style than before.

1948 FX Ute

1948 FX Ute


1953 FJ Ute

1953 FJ Ute


1956 FE Ute

1956 FE Ute


1958 FC Ute

1958 FC Ute


1959 FB Ute

1959 FB Ute


1961 EK Ute

1961 EK Ute


1962 EJ Ute

1962 EJ Ute


1963 EH Ute

1963 EH Ute


1965 HD Ute

1965 HD Ute


1966 HR Ute

1966 HR Ute


1968 HK Ute

1968 HK Ute


1969 HT Ute

1969 HT Ute


1970 HG Ute

1970 HG Ute


1971 HQ Ute

1971 HQ Ute


1974 HJ Ute

1974 HJ Ute


1976 HX Ute

1976 HX Ute


1977 HZ Ute

1977 HZ Ute


1991 VP Commodore Ute

1991 VP Commodore Ute


1993 VR Commodore Ute

1993 VR Commodore Ute


VU Commodore 'SS' Ute

VU Commodore 'SS' Ute


Holden Utester Concept Ute

Holden Utester Concept Ute




1953 FJ Holden

1953 Holden FJ
A much-celebrated Australian icon, the FJ ensured Holden’s place as the country’s most popular car. It was distinguished by a bold new grille, new hubcaps and a torpedo-style tail-light. Engine, power output and gearing remained unchanged. There were now three model levels: Standard, Business and the Special sedan – and a panel van joined the utility. Virtues included energetic performance, rugged dependability, low maintenance, unbeatable value.

FJ Holden

1953 FJ Holden

Production of FJ Holden clay model

FJ Holden ute

FJ Holden Panel Van

FJ Holden dash

Holden FJ

1953 – 1956

Engine: 6 cyl.

Capacity: 2160 cc

Power: 45 kW

Transmission:3 spd. man

Total built 169,969   Price when new $2046