HOLDEN is raiding is its heritage catalogue to give Commodore sales a boost as the Aussie icon approaches the end of local production.
The company has revived the Sandman badge and added it to the Commodore wagon and ute — but the panel van had to be left behind.
“It’s a niche vehicle, reflective of Australia’s irreverent culture ... the cost involved in any potential panel van program would not benefit our customers,” says Holden spokesman Sean Poppitt.
The modern Sandman is based on the Commodore SV6 and SSV wagon and ute, and adds 20-inch gloss black wheels, black fender vents, Sandman stickers, sunshade, dashboard stitching and floor mats and a unique build plate.
Options include a “shag pile” cargo area rug for the wagon and orange sheepskin covers for the seats.
Holden expects to build just 250 Sandman wagon and ute variants combined. It does not have historical build numbers for the Sandman range from 1974-1979 but the latest model is certain to be rare.
The modern Sandman will make its first public appearance at Torquay, Victoria, to coincide with the Rip Curl Pro surfing competition at Bells Beach on April 4.
The limited edition follows the Collingwood edition of the Commodore last year and the Craig Lowndes edition.
So far this year sales of the Commodore are down 16 per cent in a market that is up by 2 per cent and on track for another record. However, Holden insists it will continue manufacturing at its car assembly line in Elizabeth, SA, until the end of 2017, as planned.