OK you inspired me to have another look at the results of that auction.
I was mistaken, it actually sold for $115000 😵 the motor AND gearbox had been replaced with reconditioned units from an EJ model, it was then stored on sleepers for 42 years before being sold to somebody else. It was purchased by the current vendors in 2017 and given a comprehensive restoration that they finished earlier this year. I think they might have been happy with the sale price, in fact “I do not think I know” the reserve was reached much earlier.
Doesn’t surprise me Mustang , I’ve been selling off much of my petroliana, car bits and collectables these last few months as I’m downsizing from a farm sized shed to a 1/4 acre block sized shed. I have been blown away by the opening offers on much of my stuff. thought I was in touch with prices but probably got double my expectation if if not more on much of it. Holden closing and Covid lockdowns have sent things crazy💲💲💲 Jenno
Mustang, Don Loffler and Shannons reckon that of the 8000 panel vans made there might only be 200 to 300 left. They were windowless when made but adding windows in the side was a popular modification so finding a fair dinkum original panel van is rare.
Jenno, I should be downsizing too but I can’t, I just can’t do it 😫😢😪 They reckon the cost of living is high but the cost of buying memorability is out of hand too so now’s a good time to sell.
Indeed Cobber Heartbreaking to sell my good “stuff” but the higher motivation is that my wife and son don’t have a memorabilia bone in their body and both flatly state when I kick the bucket that everything will go in the garbage hopper. They have no time for my crappy old junk😥😥😥😥😥😥😥it’s a shame as I have/had lots of beautiful stuff from father and grandparents who were hoarders of sort….products of the depression years where you never chuck things out😥😥 Jenno
Are they in good nick, is he holding on to them for when he retires ? 😉
He has been collecting these holdens for years. I think they are in in different conditions, which will stay that way until he dies. He is a collector of these cars. He could be called eccentric as his mostly dailey driver for a number of years was a late 1926 Dodge ute. I think collecting (hording vehicles) runs in his family as his son has a big collection of valiants. The link is a story about the evolution of his panelvan. www.whichcar.com.au/features/the-van-that-time-forgot-neil-dieckmanns-wild-fj-holden
Hi Cobber, I have never seen an FJ panel van, I wonder how many were made & exist ? Cheers
I worked at a BP service station in the 80's and FJ Panel Van #2 was a regular visitor. Wish I took a photo!
Everyone at the service station (we were full service back then) was proud to serve this special car.
Another special car that regularly came in was HK Kingswood, the biege colour/white roof, and it had air conditioning! THe owner said at the time he bought it off a Holden executive. The owners at the time never used it because it used 'extra petrol' lol.