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Stovebolt Six with an Aussie Accent

Posted July 22, 2009 12:01 AM by dstrohl

Australia's first car in volume production had a particular significance down under – and it was of technical interest as well. The "Aerobilt" body was a unitized construction design with a detachable front subframe that held the engine, steering and front suspension. It could readily be removed, along with the hood, grille and fenders, for repairs.

The absence of a frame was a concern to the Holden engineers, initially, but they quickly became satisfied with it. The technique allowed a great deal of weight saving – so much that my friend, Ron Single, says that compared with the prewar American cars, many people thought of the early Holdens as "kerosene tins".

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07/23/2009 1:10 AM

Thanks for that.

Funny about the kero tin thing. I remember my old man pronouncing the 1963 EJ as like a kero tin (he had an EK at the time, they are like a scaled down 57 Chev).

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