Sand­man reawak­ens

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - JOSHUA DOWL­ING NA­TIONAL MO­TOR­ING EDI­TOR joshua.dowl­ing@news.com.au

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.

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