Historic Holden, Aussie-built ’37 Chevy headed to auction

1937 Chevrolet was built in Australia
Charlie Mccarran's Canowindra Motors has become a showcase of Holden history | Burns & Co. photos
Charlie Mccarran’s Canowindra Motors has become a showcase of Holden history | Burns & Co. photos

Charlie McCarron became a Holden dealer in 1959 and has run Canowindra Motors until recently. But at age 84, McCarron has decided it’s time to sell his collection of more than 60 vehicles, including only the 46th vehicle produced by the Australian arm of General Motors.

The auction, run by Burns & Co., is set for October 1-2 at McCarron’s dealership and at the Canowindra Show Grounds in New South Wales. In addition to more than 60 vehicles, dealership signs, workshop equipment, new old stock, spare parts and other items will be offered.

1948 48/215 FX was the 46th Holden off the line
1948 48/215 FX was the 46th Holden off the line

Among the featured vehicles are an Australian-built 1937 Chevrolet Standard Roadstar that McCarron has owned since 1966 and a 1948 48/215 FX Holden sedan, only the 46th built and driven only 22,000 miles since new, a few of them by famed Australian racer Peter Brock at the Bathurst racing circuit.

Burns & Co. noted that the early-production ’48 Holden sedan “would have to be regarded amongst the country’s most significant motor cars.”

According to News Corp. Australia, McCarron began searching for the earliest available Holden in 1970 and a decade later found the ’48. The owner wanted $875 which, at the time, McCarron could not afford. But they agreed to $575 and McCarron flew to Adelaide and drove the car home. The historic car is expected to sell for more than $300,000.

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1937 Chevrolet was built in Australia
1937 Chevrolet was built in Australia

The entire collection is valued at more than $1.5 million (Australian, or more than $1 million U.S.).

Other highlight vehicles include a 1950 Armstrong Siddeley, a 1953 FX Holden utility (Australian El Camino), a 1957 FE Holden ute, a 1968 Holden GTS Monaro (Aussie muscle car), several late ’70s Holden Commodores with 309 or 310 packs, and a 1972 Holden Torano XU-1 in Bathurst spec and autographed by Brock.

For more information, visit Burns & Co.’s auction website.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. use agent,, lm going to the auction l can bid for you ,l also ship cars to Europe and cars from us to here in aus

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