Australian Muscle Car

Holden HQ Sand­man in Bar­ba­dos Green


The Sand­man was a big part of the tradie’s work­horse be­com­ing a life­style ve­hi­cle. Sure, the surfers had been us­ing panel vans and Kom­bis for ages, but the Sand­man was the rst se­ri­ous at­tempt by a man­u­fac­turer to dress up such a car rather than it be­ing strictly util­i­tar­ian (ED: maybe apart from Holden’s ‘Su­per­chicken’ a few years ear­lier – see page 88). This 1:18 scale model is in die cast with open­ing parts. And the colour put an ear­worm in my head – Bar­ba­dos by The Mod­els. Ap­pro­pri­ate or what? Any­way, this looks great. Okay, it’s an icky ‘70s colour but it would jump right out at any­one look­ing at you could ex­pect to pay some­where around $260, but with the dol­lar bounc­ing around so much – well, maybe check with to make sure.

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