1978 Holden HZ Sandman 5.0 Utility
The 1974 introduction of the Holden 'Sandman' range of panel vans and utilities truly captured the hearts of the nation's youth with their individual styling and range of sporty accessories. The first model to cop the Sandman treatment was the HQ and it survived until 1979's HZ range before the Commodore took over as the mainstream full-sized Holden sedan. With HZ, the Sandman was at its most developed. The entry level engine was the 253cu in V8 with 308cu in optional, while a four-speed, floor-shift manual was standard fit (auto optional). HZ also gained the Radial Tuned Suspension which transformed the car's handling capabilities. It also continued the theme of using GTS trims including dash, steering and road wheels. Add the whole lot together and the Sandman had become truly sporty. Over 30 years later, Sandman vans and utes are still revered, the sense of freedom they generated still felt by those who were there when they were new.