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Holden HZ Sandman

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HZ Holden Sandman
Holden HZ Sandman

Holden HZ Sandman

1977 - 1978
6 cyl. & V8
81 - 161 kw
3/4 spd. man & 3 spd. tri-matic
Top Speed:
186-201 km/h
Number Built:
3 star
Holden HZ Sandman
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 3


The HZ (October 77 - April 1980) model remained virtually unchanged from its predecessor except for the twin headlight Premier front fitted with a spoiler but, unfortunately, the Holden design team sacrificed the sporty look to some extent when they didn't fit the GTS style slotted front guards to the HZ range.

The introduction of Radial Tuned Suspension on the HZ was a bonus and it also finally handled as well as the sedans.

Equipped with all the visual, interior and performance features of a loaded GTS sedan, and with the suspension woes finally cured with the addition of the much-vaunted Radial Tuned Suspension (RTS), the Sandman could truly be considered a 'sports' as well as a 'lifestyle' vehicle.

The 5.0 V8 remained optional, although most originals stuck with the 253. For the record, the official Holden standard equipment list for the HZ Sandman in October 1977 read as follows:

"Radial Tuned Suspension, Steel-belted radial ply tyres, GTS sports wheels, Front and rear stabiliser bars, 4.2 litre V8, Power assisted brakes: Front discs, rear drums, Four quartz halogen headlights with inboard driving type "pencil beams", Front air dam, 4 speed all synchromesh transmission, Column-mounted control stalk for windshield wipers, washers, turn signals and headlight dimming and flashing, Full foam reclining bucket seats, Console/armrest/storage compartment, Padded armrests, Full GTS sports instrumentation, Sports steering wheel, Cigarette lighter, 2 speed power-ventilation, Door-to-door loop pile carpeting, Full-length headlining, Retractable seat belts".

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