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15 of the Raddest Factory Custom and Small-Batch Production Vans of the 1970s

Car and Driver Logo By Ben Stewart of Car and Driver | Slide 1 of 20: No single vehicle better represents the good times and easy-living lifestyle of the 1970s better than does a custom van. The personalized van covered all the bases. It was part muscle car, part apartment on wheels, and, of course, part art canvas, serving as a very groovy way to express oneself. It gave dudes and dudettes with long, feathered hair; bell bottoms; and an affinity for going topless a place to hang out with friends, take on camping adventures, or just cruise paved landscapes such as Woodward Avenue or Van Nuys Boulevard. To capitalize on the trend, many auto manufacturers built versions of their cargo haulers aimed at custom-van enthusiasts. And many more aftermarket companies specialized in fully transforming these machines from a bone stocker to a radical small-batch custom. Here are 15 of the coolest vans to come from the 1970s vanning craze.

15 of the Raddest Factory Custom and Small-Batch Production Vans of the 1970s

No single vehicle better represents the good times and easy-living lifestyle of the 1970s better than does a custom van. The personalized van covered all the bases. It was part muscle car, part apartment on wheels, and, of course, part art canvas, serving as a very groovy way to express oneself. It gave dudes and dudettes with long, feathered hair; bell bottoms; and an affinity for going topless a place to hang out with friends, take on camping adventures, or just cruise paved landscapes such as Woodward Avenue or Van Nuys Boulevard. To capitalize on the trend, many auto manufacturers built versions of their cargo haulers aimed at custom-van enthusiasts. And many more aftermarket companies specialized in fully transforming these machines from a bone stocker to a radical small-batch custom. Here are 15 of the coolest vans to come from the 1970s vanning craze.
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