Did happen, didnít happen

Morley says...

Allan and Cheryl Poole, Email.

Just browsing through your magazine and come to the talk about EH Holden powersteering.

Well, I can shed a bit of light on this. I bought an EH for my wife from the Chrysler dealer in Wonthaggi and I can tell you that EH Holdens did come with a power-steering option. But only in the last of the few built in 1965 (production finished about Easter 1965).

The power-steering was really good, but a very complicated system of hydraulic rams and steel and rubber hoses all just hanging there. The hydraulic reservoir was on the fuel pump side of the red motor, the same as the HQ reservoir later on. Drivebelt was a vee-belt the same as the engine-belt but you couldnít buy one as Holden dealers didnít stock them, My wifeís car broke one and it was replaced with a Austin 1800 engine-belt which was a perfect fit.

She had this car for quite a few years before she went bush one night to escape being killed by two drag racing P-platers.

Being a 65-build car, this EH had other interesting items also from the yet-tobe- released HD Holden.

Aside from the Nasco powersteering, they included a ball-joint front-end instead of king-pins, the quadrant selector on steering column for auto was chromed plastic, as in the HD, instead or chromed steel as in 63 or 64 EHs. It also had Nasco power brakes, a clock, glovebox light and a boot light. But still no heater or radio. This was a really interesting car and also had an 11-page addition in the GMH workshop manual for the power steering, which was given to me by John Fleming who was the dealer principal of the Holden dealership in Wonthaggi at the time. So there you go; no doubt it was a real, factory deal.

But the EJ with a factoryfitted red motor? Bulltish.

Didnít happen.

Morley says...

YOU BEAUTY! An actual owner of a dead-set unicorn car. Actually, the bloke who first told me about EH Holdens with factory power-steering was a fella Iíve known for a long time and know him to be a bloke who knows his stuff as well as a straight shooter, so I was certain he wasnít spinning me a line on this.

But itís still brilliant to hear from somebody who actually owned the rarity in question.

I can understand that Holden might have run out of king-pin front-ends and started fitting the newer ball-joint item, and that would make sense from a simple, keeping-theproduction- line-moving point of view.But why the hell would Holden then go

to the trouble of making power-steering an option?

Think about the extra engineering and testing involved (not to mention those 11 pages in the ownerís manual). And for what? Just a handful of cars, surely.

Maybe somebody in the engineering department was especially keen on the idea.

From your description of the set-up, it sounds a bit home made with rams and hoses hanging off everywhere, and again, that makes me wonder why Holden bothered. Given that no Holden had been fitted with power-steering prior to the EH, the impetus was unlikely to have been a flood of consumer demand, was it? I mean, you donít miss what you never had, right?

Whatever, itís lovely to have the myth confirmed and a crying shame that the car was destroyed trying to avoid a pair of dickheads doing what comes naturally.