top of page

2000 Holden Sandman Concept



The 2000 Holden Sandman Concept is a spectacular design that pays homage to the iconic seventies automotive symbol – the Sandman Panel Van. Created as a collaboration between Holden and Australian surf and streetwear company Mambo, this one-off special concept is based on the VU Holden Ute.


The exterior of the Sandman features a striking 'Bushfire' custom paint finish in red, orange, and tangerine hues. The tailgate showcases a new retro-style Sandman graphic, while the sides display updated Mambo versions of traditional panel van murals, portraying uniquely Australian 'beach and bush goddess' themes. Mambo's project art director, David McKay, provided interpretations of original paintings for these graphics.


Inside, the Sandman boasts an extravagant interior with a rear compartment referred to as a chill-out zone.' This space is transformed into a plush relaxation area with freeform seating and a surround sound mobile theatre system. The cabin continues the Mambo theme with a 'Burnin' Love' interior featuring flame-appliqued red leather, tangerine suede, and orange velour seats. Custom touches include a translucent red instrument facia and a bushfire alert instrument cluster.


Holden's executive in charge of design, Michael Simcoe, explained that the Sandman concept originated from a doodle sketch in 1997 by young designer Andrew Smith, who was working on the VU Holden Ute program. The concept gained momentum when Holden collaborated with Mambo, offering a light-hearted look at the past and the brand itself. Simcoe highlighted the collaboration's success, describing it as the meeting of "two Australian legends having fun," combining Mambo's whimsical outlook with Holden's more conservative side. The Sandman concept is a recreational vehicle with the potential for a more practical, roadworthy version, showcasing the creativity and fun spirit of the design teams involved.


Source: TopSpeed

Images: Holden