1963 EH Holden


owned by  Evan and Ron Clifton

One of Australia’s most popular car, the EH holden, boasting of slick styling features and and a powerful engine, holds the record of the fastest selling car in the nation. A wave of public interest prior to the release of this value-for-money model created unprecedented public demand and marked a resurgence of the locally-built product amid the rising popularity of cheaper Japanese imported products.

The EH holden won hearts of car devotees all around, by heralded a new sense of freedom.

The EH holden’s universal appeal is intimately related to the following technical features and non-technical facts:

Engines: The fuel-efficient new powerhouse, dubbed the ‘red engine’ (after the colour of its painted block) was available in two versions:2.45 litre OHV six-cylinder ‘149’ (a low-compression version of this engine was also available) and 2.95 litre OHV six-cylinder ‘179’.

The engines were designed to be smoother, longer lasting and more economical. Renowned for reliability and long

lifespan, a ‘red engine’ would often cover over 130,000km before any major service overhaul was required.

  • Transmission: Three-speed manual, syncromesh on 2nd and 3rd Optional three-speed Hydramatic automatic both with column mounted shift lever.
    Dimensions (sedan): Length – 4511mm, Width – 1727mm Wheelbase – 2667mm

Power Output: ‘149’ – 100bhp \@ 4400rpm
‘179’ – 115bhp \@ 4000rpm
‘149’ low compression – 95bhp \@ 4400rpm

Models: Standard sedan, Special sedan, Premier sedan, S4 Special sedan, Standard station wagon, Special station wagon, Premier station wagon, panel van and utility.

The EH Holden was cheap, practical, economical, relatively quick and ideal for modification. Thirty-five years after the first EH took to the roads, its familiar good-looks and high status have ensured its enduring popularity.

1934 Graham Sedan


owned by  Norm and June Marshal.

The 1934 Graham production line was bejeweled by the new sedan, which besides performance, offered smoother engine operation at all speeds, better fuel economy and cold starting.

On the 1934 sedan, the banjo frame was stiffened via two new X members, styling remained basically the same as the previous versions of Graham (horizontal hood louvers were added in the mid of 1934) and no-draft ventilation was offered on closed cars. An add-on trunk was optional on the sedans.

On balance the much improved performance added to the already excellent styling which resulted in a surge in the Graham’s public appeal.

Some of the specifications related to the 1934 Graham Sedan includes:

Powered by a V8 3998 c.c engine, delivering 85-95 Bhp of raw power.

Characteristic elegant styling including the L-head

design, aluminum pistons with invar struts

Competitive pricing and customer perks.

Enhanced durability features.

Wheelbase of 224″-245″ (custom)

Optional availability of non-shattering safety plate glass.

Top speed exceeded 90 mph

In spite of being an engineering marvel, the 1934 Graham Sedan was unable to capture people’s imagination mostly because of the lack of its radical uniqueness, and the contemporary depression in the economy. In a larger sense the Graham was a victim of the increasing centralization of the automobile industry. Still its simplistic performance oriented features have lured hundreds of car lovers from all over the world.

1929 Ford Roadster


owned by  Peter and Noelle Mathews

when the A Model was superseded by the new V8 model. The Ford A Model was launched on 2nd of December 1927 and Ford produced over five million Model A cars fbetween 1927 and 1932  Model A Came complete with a Tool kit , every car had included in this tool kit the following;  An adjustable wrench, 2 open end wrenches,  2 tire irons, a Jack,  I pair of pliers, a screwdriver,  A tire pump, a grease gun,  combination spark plug wrench and head bolt wrench. Also included was an Instruction book, and a small pouch where these items fitted. Snap Pouch.

The Ford A Model engine was by an L-head 4-cylinder with just over 200.50 cubic-inches or 3286.2 cubic centimeters. of displacement.  A three-speed sliding gear transmission with a reverse  Top speed was just over sixty-miles per hour with the average fuel mileage being rather exceptional at over 40 MPG.

price ranged from US $385 through US $570.

1928 Ford Tudor Sedan


owned by Ashley and Kay Trevis

The Ford Model A was available in a wide selection of body types

Coupe Standard Coupe Deluxe

Business Coupe, Sport Coupe,

Standard Roadster Coupe Deluxe Roadster Coupe,

Convertible Cabriolet, Convertible Sedan, –

Standard Phaeton Deluxe Phaeton,

Standard Tudor Deluxe Tudor

Town Car, Standard Fordor 2-window

Deluxe Fordor 2-window Standard Fordor 3-window

Deluxe Fordor 3-window Victoria,

Station Wagon, Taxicab,

Truck, Commercial.

production ended on August 1931, with 4,320,446 Model A’s made in all styles body types

The 1928 Tudor sedan was like the  Mercedes, Rolls-Royce, BMW or  Cadillac of its time I mean look at the picture above. Although trying to repair the Tudor sedan is a little harder to do these days compared to the Mercedes and the BMW’s today because finding  BMW parts  or  Mercedes parts  are so much easier to find but it is well worth the search for the 1928 Tudor parts.

1935 Ford Sedan


owned by Fred and Valda Lubbe

From a Ford Brochure of the time.

While the Ford is a mans car in every rugged sense of the world – it takes a woman to appreciate the finish and detail of the Fords interior. Yet, sometimes women fail to not the details until after the car is bought. Check details FIRST. Ford upholstery is of superior quality. Every edge is finished. Lift the carpet and examine it. The instrument board is as practical as a ships control room – and as smartly appointed as a dressing table. Knows on the dash are made of a costume jewelry substance. Note the edging on sunvisors. Hardware – ordinarily left plain except in high priced cars – has been beautifully finished in a subdued taupe color. These details tell a big story of the extra value the final car provides.

1957 Ford Zephyr Sedan


owned by Don and Carmel Smith

The 1957 Ford Zephyr Sedan MK 2 was well received by car enthusiasts and pushed the manufacturing bar even further for the development of commercially viable, performance oriented cars which appeal to people of all ages. It eventually became a symbol of family car because of its applicability for all purposes.

The Zephyr’s convertible variant was also marketed by the Ford motor company during this period and it also enjoyed great success in the world market because of its independent youth appeal.

The 1957 Ford Zephyr Sedan MK 2 was released by the Ford Motor company in order to satisfy the ever increasing customer demand for power, reliability, luxury and durabilty. The Ford Zephyr not only satisfied the contemporary public demand, but also outshone its commercial goals.

The 1957 Ford Zephyr Sedan MK 2 boasted of several technologically advanced features, such as:

  • Performance oriented 4 and 6 cylinder engine, with capacity of 2262 cc and overhead valves for increased power
  • Unitary construction, which increases the reliability of the car’s body
  • Lighter, stiffer structure
  • Fully hydraulic brakes
  • Top speed of 90 mph, which was stunning in its class.
  • Slick styling and lavish seating (optional)

1928 Ford Sedan


owned by Ron and Sandy Johnson

Some of the technical innovations introduced in the Ford Model A tourer which resulted in its universal public appeal, included:

A L-head 4-cylinder engine with a displacement of 200.5 cubic inch (3.3 L) producing 40 BHP.

Four-wheel mechanical brakes

A foot-operated accelerator, conventional battery and coil ignition

A maximum speed of around 65 miles/hour with fuel efficiency ranging between 30 to 40 miles/gallon, depending on driving conditions.

A three-speed sliding-gear transmission

A 103.5 inch (2.6 m) wheelbase with a gear ratio of 3.77:1

1928 Ford Tudor Sedan

Although it was built for only four years, the Model A Ford was a

popular car, a transitional step between Ford’s ancient Model T

and its ground-breaking low priced V-8. It’s a well regarded

collectible today.

1938 Ford Deluxe Sedan


owned by Ken and Karen Dawes

Ford 1937 to 1949

Ford Extended making the 1937 Ford into 1938 The 38 Ford included most body panels on the standard models. But the Deluxe model had a new heart-shaped grille.

The slant back was discontinued –  Hard times, and the non updated look took a toll on sales around this time and sales were slow.  This is not the type of car that is a   donate  car  These Fords were powered by either   136 in³ 2.2 litre Flathead V8 Or the 221 in³ 3.6 Litre Flathead V8 In 1938 Ford created a separate Mercury division to separate between the more basic Fords and the luxury Lincoln.  Having introduced the Lincoln Zephyr in 1936, Separate  branding for the Lincoln image was created.


Photo above The Heart Shaped Grill of the 1938 Deluxe Ford

1935 Ford Sedan


owned by  Dulcie Strahan

A Ford Brochure of the day  said – It is unusual to find an Automobile with  a rear end as skillfully  and gracefully designed as the front end. You will observe the rear view of the Ford is as pleasing as the front end.  Every line of the car has been carried to its logical conclusion.  For instance,  note how the Molding above the rear fender flows and expands into a skirt across the lower rear of the car. The baked enamel finish – a boon to owners last year – has been made even better this year. It is impervious to alcohol. Its resist sun and weather like a piece of glass. It resists traffic film. Consequently washing does as much for it as polishing does for the usual  finish.

1935 Ford C Coupe


owned by Cyril and Gail Johnson

While Ford’s Model A was becoming a smashing success in the United States, Chevrolet factories across the pond were busying themselves with several new models that never made it to the American market. The first non-American-made Ford was the Model Y which had either two or four doors, a 933 cc, 8 hp Ford Side valve engine and was manufactured in England from 1932 to 1937, in France from 1932-1934, and in Germany under the name “Koln” from 1933 to 1936. The 1935 two door model sold for an astoundingly and incomparably low price of 100 pound sterling. Although it was manufactured in Europe, the Model Y was not an entirely European car, as it was based off of a design sent by the American Ford company.

After the smash success of the Model Y, Ford tried out a Y7. It’s from here that things get a little hazy. In 1934, the Dagenham, Britain and Cologne, Germany sectors of Ford began to manufacture a Model C vehicle. In the United States, Ford had already produced a short-lived Model C–back in 1904–as a modernized version of the Model A. The European Model C was considered to be the “big brother” to the Model Y and had been inspired by the 1934 Ford V-8. When 1935 rolled around, the body design was altered slightly  and the cars were sold under the CX model designation. The rare and chipper little 1935 coupe featured here seems to be a CX that emerged not from Europe, but from the Geelong, Victoria (Australia) Ford Factory which was founded in 1927.

Anybody knows that being labeled restored is not like the day it was made but it also can mean that it could be better than the day it stepped off the show room floor. Just like refurbished laptops, they are much cheaper than buying new and you will be surprised at how long these things will last. Remember  restored or refurbished is the way to go, with just a little information on where it was restored or refurbished  first.