The EK range consisted of four-door sedans in two trim levels, five-door station wagons in two trim levels, a two-door coupe utility and a two-door panel van. The six models were marketed as follows:
- Holden Standard Sedan
- Holden Standard Station Sedan
- Holden Special Sedan
- Holden Special Station Sedan
- Holden Utility
- Holden Panel Van
The EK was a minor facelift of the superseded FB series, with obvious changes limited to a new grille and body side mouldings. Other changes included a revised interior trim, electric wipers, a new heater unit and the addition of a bonnet lock. The only significant mechanical change from the FB was the introduction of the first automatic transmission to be offered on a Holden. Marketed as the Hydra-Matic, it was a three-speed unit which was fully imported from the United States. It was only offered on the Holden Special models.
The carrying capacity of the Utility and Panel Van were increased from 8 cwt to 10 cwt by fitting upgraded springs.
All EK models were powered by a 138 cubic inches (2,260 cc) inline six-cylinder engine, producing 75 brake horsepower (56 kW).
Production and replacement
After a production run of 150,214 vehicles, the EK was replaced by the Holden EJ series in July 1962.