Australian Car Spotters Guide - 1961

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1961 Ford Falcon XK Wagon

XK Falcon Ute and Wagon

  Also see: Ford Falcon XK to XC Car Reviews and XK Falcon Specifications
Having developed the world's first utility (in Australia) in 1933, the Ford publicists were again able to put an "Aussie Flavoured" spin with the release of the XK utility in 1961. Featuring the same basic look as the sedan, the rear section of the roofline was replaced by a shortened broad pillar, affording a sleek and muscular appearance. And like the sedan, the ute would become an overnight success, with both tradespeople and those on the land. Also for 1961 came the introduction of the XK Station Wagon, affording a sizeable load space of 77 inches (1956mm) long by 53.5 inches (1359mm) wide, when the rear seats were folded down. And like the utiity, the wagon also appeared "purpose built". Compared to the FB Holden Station Sedan, that looked a lot like a utility with a canopy affixed, the Falcon wagon was a revelation and deservedly stole a huge market share from the General.
1961 EK Holden Station Sedan

EK Holden

  Also see: Holden 48/215 to HR Car Reviews and EK Holden Specifications
As was the case with the previous 2 body shapes, the FB holden was facelifted in 1961 and released as the "EK". The list of refinements included revised interior trim, new exterior badges and mouldings (the rear-side color flash of the FC and FB was deleted), a new fresh-air/heating unit, a new ventilation air intake located forward of the windscreen and a new grille with eight vertical bars instead of six. Parking lights were incorporated into the top grille bar. At last the old "vacuum" wipers were replaced with electrically operated units, which were indeed far superior if not far safer! Most noteable was the availability of a new "Hydramatic" 3 speed automatic transmission.
EK Holden
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