Holden is doing the cult fans a major favor in bringing back the iconic Sandman, in form of VF Commodore Sportwagon and Ute. The Sandman has become an instantly recognizable icon from the brand, especially in its original panel van form.
This time around, there isn’t a panel van form, but the Ute remains and the Sportwagon covers the panel van crowd. Though, as some of you have already pointed out, the Sportwagon doesn’t offer enough room for, eh-hem, activities.
Anyways, Holden has released a video detailing what inspired a modern day 2015 Sandman, drawing on the historic roots of the nameplate. We first see the original Sandman crawling around the beach in its natural habitat before the picture shifts to the concept VF Commodore Sandman built by Holden V8 Supercars. The concept Sandman became inspiration, along with the original, for this groovy interpretation of the nameplate.
The design features throwback cues to the Sandman, including the option for sheep-skin shag inserts for the leather seats, and the same shag covering for cargo area of the Sportwagon. We’re not sure why we’re so excited about that option, but it’s just downright awesome.
The Sandman was at home on the beach, with a few surfboards mounted on the roof and sunshine to soak in. Years later, that much hasn’t changed. Except now, there’s a true heir to that original love affair the Aussies have had for forty years.