July 18, 2008 9:14 PM Subscribe
In a time before the Prius, the custom conversion van ruled the roadways.
Pushing the boundaries of the airbrush form
, testing the limits of mobile interior design
, featuring the latest in automatic pink leather bed
, compact toaster, 8-track,
and love machine
technology, the 70s van was celebrated in song
. You started with a factory model
, new or used, and ended at a place limited onlyby your creativity, your budget, and your old lady
's patience (NSFW). Ford could make you a man
.If push came to shove, you could even live in your van
. It was fantasy on wheels: van-tastic
, man.More from the 1977 movie Supervan
Even more from that movie
A van show clip
from The Van.
rehabbed the Supervan for its 1977 movie appearance
. The Guild of Automotive Restorers
returned it to its former glory in 2003 - step by step photos here
My closest personal connection to the world of conversion vans was through the Little Van Goes Design Kit
, which let you use relief templates to customize your own fantasy van.