THIS rare Holden Overlander Sandman Panel Van has sold at auction for $36,000.
That figure was well short of the $60,000 for which it was originally advertised online several months ago.
CONSIDER this the original sports utility vehicle.
The Holden Overlander Sandman Panel Van was the brainchild of Tasmanian Arthur Hayward in the 1970s. He was a trailblazer, wanting off-road capability but with more luxurious features than the bush bashers which were available at the time.
Production ran from late 1976 until 1980 and it is believed only 80 were made, consisting of 20 utes, six one-tonners, 24 wagons and 30 panel vans, with a mixture of HJ/HX/HZ versions.
This 1976 Overlander is build number five of the 30 Overlander Panel Vans and was bought new as a demonstrator from Keith Leach Holden Motors, of Stone Corner, Brisbane, by the current owners in early 1977.
The NSW owner is chasing more than $60,000 when it is auctioned by Shannons, in Sydney on Monday, November 17.
It has circumnavigated Australia a couple of times, including re-visiting its 'birthplace' in Tasmania, and has otherwise been a loyal workhorse on the family property near Inverell.
Mechanically unaltered from its original specification, the HJ still runs the correct 308-cid V8 and Turbo 400 transmission and has a few useful modifications, including dual batteries, an oil cooler and twin 75-litre long-range fuel tanks.