There are lifted vehicles and then there is a LIFTED vehicle. This next one is an example of the latter, where the lift is as much cosmetic as it is functional. Yes, you could go mudding in this next van or cross the Rubicon, but you could just as easily drive over the shrubs dividing the parking spaces at your nearest Costco or find a railroad crossing where you can try and get air. Freedom. Find this 1978 Chevrolet G3500 Van offered for $11,000 in Riverside, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes: Facebook Marketplace find that popped up: A rather unusual mud toy even by Cartersville, Georgia standards. Indeed, this isn’t your grandfather’s Daihatsu. This thing has been lifted three inches and rides on Mattracks — which means it will go as far as you are willing to deal with the inevitable failures associated with replacing the wheel with about 47 different mechanisms. I’m not saying it won’t be fun…but just watch the Grand Tour when they went to Madagascar. Find this 1996 Daihatsu Hijet offered for $12,500 in Cartersville, GA via facetrack marketank.
Sometimes you find a car that just makes sense in the first photo. You know what it is, what it does, and why it exists. And then there’s this next car. Each time you click the little “next photo” arrow, you are met with more confusion. What am I looking at? What part of a car is that? Why would…what is…who…where…? Hot tub? Seriously? I’m just so completely confused with this next car…but that doesn’t mean I would drive it every day. Find this 1987 Chevrolet Astro Van offered for $18,500 CAD ($14,858 USD) located in Stratford, ON, Canada via kijiji.ca.
There are a few thoughts when it comes to armoring or protecting valuable assets — one is to lower the visibility of said asset, and the other is to armor it up. If an old dirty van filled with cash is the equivalent of a camouflaged sniper, then this bulletproof ATM is the Maginot Line. However, if you covered up the ATM signs, you could probably use this 6.0 PowerStroke diesel equipped beast as a sweet weekend/camping vehicle, and double as a zombie apocalypses survival vehicle too. Find this 2007 Ford E350 Van offered for $22,995 in Corona, CA via craigslist.
The conversation must have gone something like this; Dude, let’s travel around the country living in this bus. Yeah, but what this bus needs is a Volkswagen Bus mounted on the roof. Dude..that is a great idea, but what if it had two buses mounted on the top? Sick. Do you think the taco shop is still open, I’m starving. The end result of many hours of fabrication and crane work is this next thing. Find this 1982 BlueBird Bus offered for $12,000 in Germantown, WI via fakebrace merkur4tiplace. Tip from Matt.
The Subaru Domingo was a slightly beefier version of the Subaru Sambar kei van. The Domingo (also called the Sumo, Libero, Combi, and Estratto depending on which market it was being sold) shared many of its components and chassis with the Sambar, but it had a larger engine that booted it from keitora (light truck in Japanese) car requirements, but allowed it to drive on the freeway at a reasonable clip and accelerate with traffic. Today’s example is not just powered by a 1.2 liter Subaru EF 3-cylinder that pushes out 66 horsepower into a 5-speed manual gearbox, but it is also equipped with all-wheel-drive. Find this 1993 Subaru Domingo GX AWD offered for $6,500 in Brooklyn, NY via craigslist. Tip from ME.
I believe it was Plato who first wrote: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” To which Aristotle added the following corollary; “And if you don’t love this van, you are trash.” Those Greeks know their stuff and there are few things sweeter than a classic van that comes with an Atari 2600 game system. I just wanna put on a Hawaiian shirt and play Pac-Man while eating Fritos on chili in the back of this Econoline. Find this 1972 Ford Econoline offered for $15,000 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist. (or $14k asking on the Bandango site). Tip from Jeff.
This next van is great if you’ve got a family, but if you are a single man, some people might wonder if you are the next Jeffery…Epstein or Dahmer…doesn’t really matter, but what does matter is that this thing is sweet and you shouldn’t be ashamed (or shamed into not) loving a long wheelbase van. Find this 1977 Dodge Sportsman offered for $6700 in South San Francisco, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt V.
The Chevrolet Greenbrier Sportswagon was introduced in 1961 as part of the air-cooled rear-engined Corvair lineup. The Greebrier can seat up to 9 people with an optional rear seat, but don’t expect to get anywhere quickly once loaded up because the air-cooled flat-6 under the rear cargo area only puts out something in the range of 80 SAE gross horsepower. Find this 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier Van offered for $12,500 in Corona, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Tipper Eric sent this car in with the following words: Who orders an Econoline with a stick and a 6? I have to meet this person! Yup, this is a strange vehicle..and one that I am familiar with..I learned to drive on similar manual transmission equipped van…but if I recall correctly my old man didn’t buy […]