‘Loads of Livin’ Room!’: Custom Van Ads (1975 – 1980)

Van 1975

Van 1976-2

Van 1976

Van 1976-3

Van 1978

Van 1976-4Van 1976-5

Van 1979-1Van 1979-2

Van 1980

From the GMC ad:

You’re a vanner.

Which all by itself tells us something very important about you: You’re an individualist. A free thinker. And you absolutely abhor the idea of driving what everybody else does.

(Images via eBay)

8 Responses to “‘Loads of Livin’ Room!’: Custom Van Ads (1975 – 1980)”


  1. 1 leftylimbo February 24, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Classic. I was talking about custom vans with a friend of mine…he told me there’s a couple custom van clubs out there. He showed me some links but it’s been awhile. I’ll send ’em over if I find ’em.

  2. 4 His friend J February 25, 2014 at 2:22 am

    You’re also hot as hell as it collects a ton of sun and there are only 2 front windows to roll down and the air doesn’t make it to the back. That is my memories of riding in a van.

  3. 6 contradextraavenue February 25, 2014 at 2:52 am

    Did the shopping malls out on the west coast have custom van shows? I can remember a few here with some seriously wicked customs. Waterbeds, light shows, crazy hi-fi systems… To say nothing of the airbrush paintjobs.

    • 7 2W2N February 25, 2014 at 3:48 am

      I don’t remember any shows, but I do remember coveting a neighbor’s van in the very early ’80s. I thought: Shit, imagine the D&D games we could get going in that thing. It was brown with orange and yellow side stripes. I see it clear as day.

  4. 8 J February 25, 2014 at 4:54 am

    This makes one interested in the exact date when vans went from freewheeling fun at the beach, to molester mobile to abduction junction. Yeah, he’s in the Yellow Pages, under “registered sex offenders”. Please don’t put me into a street van.


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