20k: Wizards of the Road: 1976 GMC Motorhome

With summer comes the slice of Americana known as the road trip…and today we aren’t going talk about cars for a motel trip or camping, instead let’s shine some light on the most fundamentally ‘Merican version of the road trip car– the Recreational Vehicle (RV).  Many options exist for the RV, but fewer are more awesome than the GMC motor home with Olds Toronado power.  Find this 1976 GMC Motor Home currently bidding for $19,879 reserve-not-met on ebay with about an hour to go, located in Lakeland, FL.

The GMC Motorhome, built from 1973-1978 as an in house project by GMC – unheard of in the day when most motorhomes were built on modified truck chassis by custom coach builders.  GMC used a very low basic frame with the powertrain borrowed from the Oldsmobile Toranado mated to the front wheels.  This setup allowed the RV floor to be much lower than most contemporary examples and the lower center of gravity gave it better road manners and a lower clearance.

This example is in remarkable condition for the age and looks like it was custom built for the Wizard of Oz or a family of Leprechauns.  The front seats swivel to allow the driver and passenger seats to be used when the vehicle is stationary. 

A sign above the stove/oven reads “Warning: It is not safe to use cooking appliances for comfort heating.”  Honestly, if it wasn’t for that sign, I would have never even considered using the range to warm up the passenger compartment at night…

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