The first Australian Panelvan production ran between 9 December 1953 until May 1957

n late 1953 General Motors Holden gave the 48-215 Holden a facelift, the 48-215 was a becoming a bit boring and had a good run since 1948. The 48-215 was starting to show its age. In 1952 the first FJ Holden prototype was manufactured and in October 1953 the FJ Holden was released.

The most noticeable change, was the grille. The vertical slat grill was replaced with a more modern horizontal grille. The detailed front grill included a second bumper bar look that gave it a very sophisticated and elegant look.

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