Max’s red van in 1979 George Miller’s “Mad Max” is a custom 1975 Holden HJ Sandman Panel Van. The front end was replaced with an HJ Caprice with Ford XC GXL headlights. The body was fitted with GTS fenders, 1970 era luggage rack with runners. The wheels were 14 inch ROH Wild Fire fitted with BF Goodrich tyres. 265/50/14 on the rear and 245/50/14 on the front.
The engine was a 308 V8 with M21 manual 4 speed transmission. The interior options of Max’s 1975 Holden HJ Sandman included full instrument sports dash, GTS steering wheel, HJ bucket seats and full length console.
The vehicle is first seen during scenes of Max’s vacation with his family. He takes the vehicle to the country side where his wife stumbles upon Toecutter’s gang.