Gone are the bright colours of the surf culture panel vans – this modern interpretation of a panel van is for a new generation.
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Panel vans were an icon of Australian culture in the 1970s, providing young people with the freedom and accommodation to escape a more conservative society.

While Holden's Sandman is the most well-known, the Ford Sundowner and Chrysler Drifter were also a big part of surf culture at the time.

Estonian designer Rain Prisk – known for creating two-door wagon models on his Instagram page – has rendered what he's named a Dodge Challenger Hearse.

But what we saw was a modern-day Chrysler Drifter SRT panel van.

Based on the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe, this Chrysler Drifter is a modern interpretation of those colourful, '70s panel vans, but opting instead for a darker, more menacing look.

The real Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is powered by a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 offering 534kW – only a little bit more than the powertrain found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

What do you think? Should manufacturers bring back car-based panel vans?