Back in the mid 1970’s, Holden introduced a panel van known as the Sandman. It was essentially a Holden HQ Kingswood (Oz’s version of an El Camino for reference) and it incorporated many features found in the sporty Monaro at the time, including sports instrumentation, sports steering wheel and bucket seats, and “rally” road wheels.
The Sandman has become sort of a cult-classic in Australia, and a new report from CarsGuide names the Sandman as on track for a 2015 reintroduction.
The groovy utility vehicle will become a variant of the VF Holden Commodore according to the report, with confirmation coming from an unknown source who attended the Red Lion event, which saw the confirmation of newly minted Mark Bernhard as Holden chief.
The Sandman badge will most likely be used in conjunction with the ‘Ute and Wagon variants of the VF Commodore, but reviving the nameplate is something Holden could desperately use as it faces poor public perceptions while the company winds down manufacturing.
It most likely won’t look as funk-a-licious as the Sandman pictured, but it’s a nameplate many Aussies keep dear to their hearts.