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Australian car manufacturer Holden released the Sandman hoping to capitalise on Australia’s sun and surf culture. The HX model was released in 1976 to meet federal requirements of low emission vehicles. The Sandman was available in both panel van and utility models, featuring distinctive pin striping, bold graphics and the ‘Sandman’ script. The two-door van looks similar to a station wagon, but does not have rear seats, creating a boot space ideal for surfboards. The extra boot space also led to the Sandman’s notorious reputation and the car was given nicknames such as ‘shaggin’ wagon’ and ‘sinbin’. It was common for Sandman owners to decorate the interior.