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10 vintage American vans that will steal the show at Mecum’s Las Vegas auction


#1

Mecum’s upcoming Las Vegas auction is kicking off once more, complete with its usual gearhead-recommended dosage of classic muscle cars, vintage boulevard cruisers, hot rods, and exotic performance. There are also 10 custom vans. Absurd, garish, outlandish, positively mouth-watering American vans. That’s Barry Lefroy’s handiwork.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2017/11/16/vintage-american-vans-to-auction

#2

These Vans are awesome! I’m intrigued to see what they sell for.


#3

As ionic as ‘some’ might think they may be… those mid-70’s, 80’s, and 90’s Vans as presented, are nothing compared to the paint schemes, interior designs, and custom work of the homegrown ingenuity that formed the beginnings of the 70’s Truck-Ins and Van Happening Movements that swept across the country. Being a former Van Club President from back in those formative days, the ‘Real Classic Vans’ were those ‘early’ 1st & 2nd Generation series, i.e. those built on the '61 thru '70s cab-forward chassis designs of Chevy, Ford, 'n Dodge. Unfortunately, and 'tis a shame, none of those examples are/were represented.


#4

Indeed I owned a 1963 Ford ex phone company van that I did some cool mods to and am surprised to see the interest in vans again but then, I’m a van guy and never could see the sense in a prickup that is pretty much useless for anything except giving away all your tools out of the back.


#5


You can’t beat an old custom van for cool fun, here are mine , Gary