Unique Cars - - THE HUMBLE UTE -

orig­i­nal will al­ways com­mand more.

Ian G, the owner of this stun­ning 1975 HJ, cred­its his son with find­ing the car. It’s the 4.2lt man­ual ver­sion, which they sourced out of Toowoomba in Queens­land.

Why this car? “My son and I love go­ing on the Targa Tas Clas­sic Ral­lye – a fan­tas­tic event – and we’d been run­ning about in his GTS Monaro for about three years. He’s a car afi­cianado and called and told me he’d found a car for me.

“We test drove it in Toowoomba. There were only 800 made and I fell in love with it. It had been given a body-off restora­tion, a com­plete re­build, and ran like a dream.

“We took it to a Holden show judge. He took a look and said, ‘If you didn’t buy it I would have.’

“It had a few lit­tle non-orig­i­nal things, which we changed. It’s not con­cours. But cars, in my opin­ion, are there to be driven!”

What’s it like to drive? “It is ab­so­lutely sweet. It is as steady as can be, and isn’t light in the tail.”

It’s run­ning fresh Mon­roe shocks all round, and he has a lot of re­gard for its han­dling. We’ve seen it ac­tion in Tassie and can vouch for the fact it gets along very well.

So does he have any prior his­tory with the Sand­man name­plate? None that he’s ad­mit­ting to. There was some vague men­tion of shag­gin’ wag­ons and then, “I’d rather not com­ment. Let’s just say I re­ally like Sandmans…”

RIGHT The Sand­man proved a novel way for the Gen­eral to move more com­mer­cial units.BE­LOW Four on the floor was the only way to go.

RIGHT Baby bent eight Iron Lion.LEFT Chrome touches take it from tradie to tempt­ing.

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