Holden HZ Sandman - today's resto tempter

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

Potentially valuable, if your resto skills can cope

Holden HZ Sandman - today's resto tempter
Rescuing this Sandman is a big job.

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Holden Sandman panel vans are pretty high on the collectible list at the moment and it seems there aren't many in the market. So, while a lot of other cars in similar shape would be hauled off to the tip, this could well be worth rescuing.

Turning a humble commercial van into a leisure vehicle happened in a lot of places across the west, with Australia being an enthusiastic participant. The trend emerged in the very early seventies when dealers noticed folk buying them up all of a sudden and hitting the options lists pretty hard. In fact, Holden dealers reported back-orders.

The factory response was a quick and cheerful niche model, called the Sandman, which ran from the HQ series all the way through to HZ. You could get them as sixes early on, however a 253ci (4.2lt) V8 eventually became the base engine.

See this feature from Unique Cars mag, which gives a good overview of the development.

The example shown here is in a sad state, in obvious need of extensive bodywork. According to the seller it has a 308ci (5.0lt) V8 in the nose and M21 4-speed manual gearbox.

This is one of situations where you'd need to assess the car very carefully, along with your own skills and the cost of any work you couldn't undertake youself. Located at Port Macquarie in NSW, it's priced at $10,000.


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