Ivan McGinness’ FJ Holden was once used to drive the defence minister to parliament in Canberra during the Menzies era, but it is now more likely to chauffeur a bride to her wedding.
The FJ – which has been completely rebuilt - will be on display along with about 100 other cars at the Western Victoria Holden Car Club show ‘n’ shine at Lake Pertobe between 10am and 2pm on Saturday.
The FJ Holden rolled off the production line in Sydney in the mid-1950s and was used as an official government car before it ended up in Warrnambool where Mr McGinness bought it about 14 years ago. “It was a mess. It’s been completely shelled out and rebuilt,” he said.
The FJ is now worth up to $40,000 after the 12-month restoration project and is usually brought out for car shows or weddings.
It is one of two Holdens Mr McGinness will have on display on Saturday – the other is a restored 1967 HR. “I’ve been brought up with Holdens. I started off with a Chev and ended up with Holdens,” he said. The car show will also feature kids’ rides, facepainting and live music. Proceeds from the gold coin entry fee go to beyondblue.