Once upon a time, during the era of big hair, roadies and rock and roll, vans reigned supreme. As a symbol of that supremacy, look no further than the chrome side pipes, psychedelic murals and smooth velvet interiors. It was a time before the van had been tamed — a time before the explosion of the anti-van now known as the minivan. In the 1970s, the custom full-size vans built by Chevy, Ford and Dodge/Plymouth became the ultimate vehicles for self-expression. They represented an opportunity to escape at a moment’s notice in a tricked-out portable pad, and if you loved where you ended up, you could stay there without worrying about a hotel. If you didn't like the location, you kept on rollin’ until you did.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2016/07/27/shag-wagons