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Holden Sandman returns… sort of

The Holden Sandman has been resurrected. Sort of. Available as either a ute or station wagon, the new Holden Sandman is really just a cosmetic package.

WITH LOCAL production of the Commodore on the way out, Holden has looked into its past to shore up a few sales and has resurrected the Sandman name. While the original 1974 Holden Sandman was available as a panel van and a ute, this new version will only be available as a Sportwagon and ute.

The 2015 Sandman Special Edition is based off the VF Commodore SV6 and the SS-V, and is available as a ute and or 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 said.

Holden Sandman returns

Holden’s Executive Director of Sales, Peter Keley, said: “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.

Holden Sandman returns

“The reborn Sandman is a statement and reflection of the Australian way of life. Most importantly, it’s about having fun.”

Holden Sandman returns

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).

Holden Sandman returns

After an absence of more than 20 years, 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. But it was shelved.

The Sandman will go on sale in June, however people are advised to contact dealers early to avoid disappointment. Only a few hundred are expected to be built.

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

SV6 and SSV Sportwagon

  • 20-inch 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-inch gloss black wheels
  • Black fender wheels
  • 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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Isaac Bober

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