Monday, February 9, 2015

When Worlds Collide...

Anon sent this in, knowing I would appreciate it on several levels...

1978 GMC G15 Custom Star Trek 'boogie' Van
I have reluctantly (we would like to shrink the family vehicle stable a bit as we now have two small boys and no time) decided to sell my 1978 GMC Vandura custom van.
Just... Wow.

One teaser pic:


(From link. You REALLY owe it to yourself to go to the link and check out all the pictures...)

I have always had a soft spot in my heart (or, more likely, head) for the custom vans that were so prevalent in the 1970s. "The Van"? One of my favorites. Now, I come by it genetically - my uncle Tony (of *course* I have an uncle Tony) had a late 1970s Dodge van with a rear couch, walnut paneling, and shag carpet in my formative years. I really can't pinpoint it, I'm guessing it's got something to do with a custom van being made for traveling long distances.

The '70s were the high point for the custom van. Waterbeds, refrigerators, bars; if you could dream it, someone stuffed it into a long wheelbase cargo van. Conversion vans were the next logical progression, but followed the core customer base from the young 20-something in the '70s to the family-oriented person of the 1980s. Skyrocketing gas prices and the rise of the SUV all but killed the custom van craze in the 1990s, although boutique shops offer them on current platforms (although I haven't seen the "Sprinter" body with a conversion...)

Add in a "Star Trek" theme, and boy, you've got something. This van's got everything: the trinity of Spock, Kirk, and Bones; the Enterprise laying down some serious phaser fire, a nekkid alien woman; the only thing missing is a Klingon and KHHHAAAAAAANNN! Toss in red velvet interior and a rear bed (separated via curtain, natch), and this van's ready to start 'a' rockin'...

Under $10K for a 37 year old vehicle in intact condition is a fair deal for pretty much any vehiclel though...

That is all.

6 comments:

Mopar said...


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Ratus said...

I'm glad you liked the link, Jay.

:D

libertyman said...

I had two full size vans through the years. First a 1977 and a 1984 one-ton Chevys. Never got to the shag carpet phase, but the nice thing was you could bring everything and everyone, too. Drove the red 77 to Florida with 7 people and our dive gear, 26 hours straight through from Massachusetts. (Never again, thank you) My blue 84 could seat 15 I think.
Great fun.

libertyman said...

Only 12 passengers in the blue 1984 upon reflection.
"I misremembered"

Old NFO said...

Heh, that was a good side gig back in the 70's doing interiors for those things in Kali... They were for all the dope smokin hippies all of whom seemed to have a LOT of money and no jobs!

DJ9 said...

Custom Sprinter van link:

http://lifestylesdefined.com/mercedes-benz-sprinter-becker-jetvan-custom-by-becker-automotive-design/