If any Australian vehicle symbolised the sensational Seventies, it was Holden’s Sandman. It will forever be associated with the thriving surf culture of the day and has since become an Aussie icon. The HX Sandman package was introduced with brighter colours, new side striping and that unmistakable full width tailgate decal, which was designed to appeal to a younger crowd.
ENGINES: 3.3 litre six-cylinder ‘202’, 4.2 litre V8 ‘253’ and 5 litre V8 ‘308’
TRANSMISSIONS: Four-speed manual gearbox, three-speed Trimatic automatic transmission?and three-speed Turbo-hydramatic 400 automatic transmission
MODELS: Sandman Panel Van and Sandman Utility
PRICE WHEN NEW*: $4,754 (Holden Utility), $4,888 (Holden Panel Van)
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (PANEL VAN): Length: 4,938mm; Wheelbase: 2,895mm; Width: 1,877mm.
IDENTIFICATION: Similar body to HQ and HJ with separate grille and headlights; wider protruding vertically slatted grille featuring Holden badge in centre; model name on rear of front quarter panel above protector strip.