You can’t really call it a caravan.

It’s more like a converted dog trailer.

But this matching FJ Holden and period caravan are sure to be crowd favourites when they go to auction in Melbourne tonight.

The three-owner FJ, with just 79,443 miles (believed genuine), showing on the odometer, has been the beneficiary of a complete body-off nut and bolt restoration.

Its companion, matching 1956 Sports Minor teardrop caravan has also been restored

Perfect for displaying at club events and runs, the Holden is finished in two-tone dark blue over light blue, with a restored matching dark blue leather interior and excellent exterior chromework.

An original radio, wheel spats and a sunshield are among its desirable period options.

The FJ represents a great opportunity for the Holden enthusiast to pick up a lovely, genuine, low mileage FJ and are quoting a guiding range of $35,000-$40,000 for both the car and its trailer.

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Typical of such a restoration, it’s fitted with several NASCO accessories including rear wheel spats, rear venetian, front sun visor and twin peek-a-boo mirrors.

Turn indicators have been added front and rear to improve safety in modern day traffic.

Accompanying the FJ is a 1956 Sports Minor teardrop caravan which was also restored in 2010 and mounted on a simple angle-iron chassis.

It’s been painted to match the FJ and wears FJ hubcaps on steel wheels.

The caravan is equipped for camping but is intended primarily for display with the FJ.

Coming with this ‘50s combo there’s a detailed history of the FJ and a small number of spare parts included.

Much expense and effort has been taken, making this a great opportunity for the enthusiast to pick up a lovely, genuine, low mileage early Holden.

Previously on Tasmanian historic registration, our 1954 FJ Holden and teardrop caravan are being offered for sale unregistered.

The Shannons Autumn auction gets underway in Melbourne tonight at 7pm with on-line bidding accepted.


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Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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