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Welcome to mySandman.com.au

The Holden Sandman is more than just a car. It’s more than a unique piece of Australian motoring history. It’s an Australian icon. mySandman.com.au is more than just a website. It’s more than a source of historical and technical information. It’s a community built around an Australian icon. 

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1974 saw the launch of the HQ Sandman ute and panel van.  It was a new take on vehicle marketing, turn the everyday commercial work vehicle into a sports styled weekender.

From 1974 with the HQ through to 1979 with the HZ Sandman did Holden have any idea they would capture the freedom and imagination of the new car buyer?  The Sandman was an icon at the beach and also a warning to parents everywhere that your daughters were no longer safe going to the drive-ins!

The Holden Sandman has remained an Australian road icon for decades after it ceased production and featured in popular songs, films, TV ads and soapies, but the Holden Sandman still brings a wry smile to mums and dads that remember them but for different reasons now.

Quick Sandman ID guide

Do yo have trouble working out if that classic HQ-HZ classic is a genuine Sandman or not? We've developed an easy to follow guide that will give you a great start to finding    that elusive genuine Holden Sandman.

Click on the link below to download the Sandman Quick ID Guide PDF. We recommend you make a couple copies and keep them in your glovebox.

Don't forget to join the mySandman forums and find more useful information about the Sandman.

Sandman Quick ID Guide Download

 

Holden Sandman Brochures

Over 6 years of production Holden followed or some would say lead the trend in promotional material, and throughout the entire life of the Sandman from 1974 Holden excelled in producing vibrant and colourful brochures that captured the imagination of its customers from the surf and freedom themes to outdoor recreation.

 

 

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Picnic at Hanging Rock

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The Annual Picnic at Hanging Rock in Victoria is an event not to be missed. What started out as a small 'club event' run by The Macedon Ranges and District Motor Club, has now become the largest single day classic motoring event in Victoria and attracts more than 3000 display entrants and many more spectators and the 26th running of the event has been the largest to date.



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Sandman Trim Interior

trim swatchThere are a number of good resources on the web showing various Holden interior trim, none better than Mr. Jones' database detailing most if not all the trim from HQ to WB. In no small part I want to thank Mr. Jones for assisting in compiling this small snippet of Holden Sandman Trim Codes but before we get into the different colours let's look at some of the interesting background to the Trim Code.

 

 

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Of Myth and Legends

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Every classic car has some kind of story behind it, whether it is fact or fiction it doesn't seem to matter these days. These myths are what turn ordinary cars into legends. Here we will sort out the legend from myth, the truth from fiction about the Holden Sandman.

Many of these myths that surround the Sandman come from a lack of knowledge of the model and the passing on of this misinformation over the years. Some of these myths have been around so long that it can take some convincing that they are not true.

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Stepping back into Sandman history

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On a recent visit through the Holden archives we were given access to some sensational material on the history and development of the Holden Sandman.



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Engine Dates & Codes

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If you’re planning to buy a classic car, it’s worth spending time on research first. Understanding the history and specifications of the car you’re buying will potentially help you avoid buying a sub-standard vehicle, or worse, not getting what you think you’re paying for!


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A Clockwork Orange

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Ian had dreamed of restoring an old Holden for years, with his passion for cars starting when he was quite young. “I remember sliding around the rear floor of my parent’s Escort panel van with my sister” says Ian with a smile. Learning to drive in his folks’ 1970 HT Monaro triggered his love affair with Holden vehicles, his first car was a V8 HQ soon followed by a yellow SLRTorana. 

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New Look mySandman

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We have done a massive spring clean and redesign of the website and hope you like it.  Although the history of the Sandman isn't going to change that much, we are looking forward to sharing more stories with you about this classic vehicle.  So keep coming back for showcase stories, restoration and history on the Holden Sandman and long look back at the ute and van community through the years.

At mySandman we plan to bring you the latest news and information on clubs, ute and van meetings and also new product details to help you maintain or restore your beloved ride.

Below is a collection of original Holden Sandman brochures and advertising material.

Over the 6 years of production Holden followed or some would say lead the trend in promotional material, and throughout the entire life of the Sandman from 1974 Holden excelled in producing vibrant and colourful brochures that captured the imagination of its customers from the surf and freedom themes to outdoor recreation.

 

  HQ Sandman brochure

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HQ Sandman

 

HJ Sandman Brochure

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HX Sandman Brochure

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HZ Sandman Brochure

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Sandman - Beginning to End

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Concept Revealed  Holden show off a sports concept ute called the Ewe't.

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Ewe't to Sandman How the Sandman changed Australia forever.

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WB Sandman What could have been the WB Sandman concept car that never was.