Holden HJ Sandman - today's auction tempter

By: Unique Cars magazine

Nicely restored example

There's something about 'made-up' models from the Holden catalogue that appeal hugely to collectors. A great example is the HQ SS, which was effectively an upgraded Belmont with some wild colours and fancy stripes. Now they're in big demand and fetch solid prices.


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Another is the by now legendary Sandman series of vans and utes. Essentially the idea was grab what was otherwise meant to be a workhorse, and give it a V8 and some glam.

They were low-cost variants to develop and latched on to what was then a new niche youth market.

Many of them, a few owners along the way, ended up as tradie transport and literally being worked to death.


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Of course now the vans in particular are in huge demand, to the point where there are now a fair number of replicas running around.


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This example in Queensland, being auctioned by Seven82 Motors, ticks all the desirability boxes. The Brisbane-assembled 1976 HJ lays claim to being an original Sandman with a 308 V8 and four-speed manual transmission. 


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As the pics suggest, it's been given a comprehensive restoration and it's worth reading the auction description to see what went into the project.

In any case, the presentation is spectacular. Bidding is at $60,000 with a week to run. 

See the auction here.


See our Sandman feature;

And out Sandman ute feature.


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