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1955 FJ Holden Special sedan

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Physical description

1955 FJ Holden Special sedan. Blue-grey body with red interior. Factory fitted options include rear wheel spats, turquoise plastic sun visor above the windscreen, turquoise plastic wind deflectors on the front quarter light windows, driver's side wing mirror, Venetian blind in rear window, headlight visors, chrome-plated scuff plates behind the door handles, mud flaps, and whitewall tyres. The rear tyres have a mud and snow tread pattern. Right hand drive. NSW Historic Vehicles Registration Number 22979-H.

Statement of significance

The Faye and Albert Neuss collection comprises one 1955 Model FJ Holden Special Sedan together with original purchase paperwork, handbook and manuals. The car was purchased new in September 1955 and regularly driven from Tharwa to Queanbeyan until the driver's first encounter with the newly installed traffic lights in Queanbeyan. Shortly after that experience the driver cancelled her licence and never drove again.

The FJ Holden, 'Australia's Own Car', was released in 1953 and quickly became a 'dinky-di Australian icon'. Produced locally, it sold in large numbers and was the first car that many 'ordinary' Australians had ever owned. The FJ was essentially a revamped version of the earlier 48-215 (commonly known as the FX) model and came in Standard, Business, Special, Utility and Panel Van versions. This particular vehicle was purchased new in Queanbeyan and used to travel from Tharwa to Queanbeyan on a regular basis.

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