The Holden Sandman is back

Special Edition Holden Sandman

Special Edition Holden Sandman

The Panel Van was apart of the culture in Australia in the 70’s, it’s load capacity made it perfect for many people including trades, delivery drivers even the Police, what most people remember them for was the recreational activities they were associated with every you bloke wanted one and every Father with a daughter hated them.
Every company had their own version of one and every company had a special edition of one.
The most iconic model of the 70’s though was the Holden Sandman which was first released in 1974 with HQ model in both Van and Ute, and continued through to the HJ Holden (1974-76), HX Holden (1976-77) and HZ Holden (1977) models.
But after that it disappeared from the Holden motoring landscape, only to resurface in the 2000 as concept car based on the VU Ute along with special styling from Mambo.
Fast forward another 15 years and it’s back this time not as a concept but as a special edition model you go into your Holden dealers and order today, based on the VF Ute and VF Sportwagon, so while the original Sandman panelvan cannot be recreated Holden is hoping to bring back it’s spirit.
The Sandman Special Edition can be ordered on the SV6 or SSV model Commodores and features some distinct styling clues including black wheels, blacked out vents and grille package, Sandman decals, Sandman dashboard stitching, Sandman sunshades, Sandman floor mats, Ute gets a Black sports bar while the Wagon gets Blacked roof rails and a Unique Sandman build plate.
One feature that was very commonly found in Sandmans of the 70’s was shag pile carpeting and while Holden haven’t gone quite to that extreme you can option your Sandman Sportwagon with an Orange shag pile cargo rug for the rear, while Orange sheep skin seat inserts are available on both the Ute and Sportwagon.
Although the original Sandmans production run spanned several models, the model day Sandman will be limited to around 250 so if you want one get down to your Holden dealers an order one.

So while I’m having flash backs of growing up in Australia in the 70’s check out all the detail below from Holden, who I thank for the info and Pics.

Holden Sandman Reborn: Let the Good Times Roll … Again

  • Iconic Holden Sandman reborn to be launched 4 April in Torquay, VIC,  in line with the Bells Beach Ripcurl Pro surf competition
  • To celebrate the launch, Holden interactive surf live site at Elephant Walk Reserve, Torquay will feature a live screen beaming out classic surf reels, music, car display and beach side games
  • Sandman available in Ute and Sportwagon – on sale in June

Eating up the road and shredding the surf, the Holden Sandman has become an Aussie icon in the 40 years since the original legend made its debut in 1974. Now it’s back, with a modern twist and nose for performance.
The 2015 Sandman Special Edition is derived from the award winning VF Commodore SV6 and the sporty SS-V, and is available as a ute and or sleek Sportwagon.  Whilst the Sandman is much more advanced than its predecessor it still retains the instantly recognisable surf livery and the groovy, orange shagpile floor rug as an additional accessory.
Holden’s Executive Director of Sales, Peter Keley, said the opportunity to revive the legendary Sandman was too exciting to resist.
“The Holden Sandman has been synonymous with the great Australian surf safari for decades and perfectly reflects our country’s laid back, yet adventurous attitude to life.  When the opportunity came to revive Sandman, we jumped at it,” Mr Keley said.
“The reborn Sandman is a statement and reflection of the Australian way of life. Most importantly, it’s about having fun.”
Originally launched in a time when cassette players were all the rage and Alvin Stardust topped the charts, the Sandman personifies Australian culture with its unique styling and adventurous attitude.
Popular with surfers, lovers and bohemians alike, Sandman stays true to its roots with its first public display taking place on the sands of Torquay, giving beach goers and car lovers the chance to get up close and reminisce about days gone by … and days to come.
The Holden Sandman surf live site will take place on Saturday 4 April from 11am – 4pm at the beautiful Elephant Walk Reserve, Torquay Esplanade, and will feature a live screen beaming out classic surf reels, chilled out tunes, sausage sizzle and beach side games.  The Sandman live site is an interactive display that allows people to take a picture with the cars and upload to their social media accounts#entersandman.
Holden’s Director of Communications, Sean Poppitt said the interactive live site is the perfect platform for a car that is sure to evoke old memories and create new ones.
“The interactive live site at Torquay is the perfect opportunity for people to come and see Sandman whilst enjoying the surfing, food and great atmosphere.  The Sandman is the reincarnation of an icon, born from the most iconic car company in Australia,” said Mr Poppitt.
“Holden knows Australia and Australians better than any other company and the Sandman is a perfect reflection of the Aussie culture and attitude. I’m sure it will spark great memories for a lot of Australians and help create new memories for others. Let the good times roll again,”

Sandman History
Sandman was originally launched on the HQ Holden in 1974 as a panel van and ute in a bid to increase Holden’s presence and appeal in the expanding recreational market.  What ensued was a car that captured the imagination of a generation, and continued to be offered on the HJ Holden (1974-76), HX Holden (1976-77) and HZ Holden (1977).
After over twenty years in the darkness, Sandman was finally revived as a concept car at the Sydney International Motor Show, 2000.  Based on VU Commodore, this Sandman was a Holden built, Mambo designed project that won wide acclaim.
The Sandman will go on sale in June, however people are advised to contact dealers early to avoid disappointment.


The 2015 Holden Sandman Special Edition, a $2,950 premium on SSV and SV6 models, includes:
SV6 and SSV Sportwagon

  • 20” gloss black wheels
  • Black fender vents
  • Black grille package
  • Black roof racks
  • Sandman decals
  • Sandman dashboard stitching
  • Sandman sunshades
  • Sandman floor mats
  • Unique Sandman build plate

SV6 and SSV Ute

  • 20” gloss black wheels
  • Black fender vents
  • Black grille package
  • Black sports bar
  • Sandman decals
  • Sandman dashboard stitching
  • Sandman rear sunshade
  • Sandman foot mats

Optional Accessories

  • Orange rear shag pile cargo rug (Sportwagon)
  • Orange sheep skin seat inserts

Colours Available

  • Heron White
  • Nitrate Silver
  • Phantom Black

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