The Lord of the Rings Custom Vans, Circa 1978 – 1980

LOTR Van 1980

LOTR Van 1980-2

Old Man Willow holds the wet bar and TV, folks, and the bed is “upholstered in gold crushed velour.” Those are real tree stumps leading up to the bed.

Here are two more specimens, with art and titles based on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit animated movies of 1978 and 1977, respectively.

More custom vans here.

LOTR Van Circa 1978

Hobbit Van Circa 1978

(Photos via Phoney Fresh, Pinterest, and Rollin’ Heavy)

3 Responses to “<em>The Lord of the Rings</em> Custom Vans, Circa 1978 – 1980”


  1. 1 Jeremiah January 6, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    These are excellent!

  2. 2 Brad Conrad January 7, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    These are great indeed but they seem strange to me in a “worlds colliding” kind of way. I suppose they fit in with the whole “Frazetta on the Van” thing but on the other hand The Lord Of The Rings as an entity isn’t what I would associate in my mind with who I imagine the owners of vans like these to be.
    Kinda like when Jocks turned into Hippies in the “90s. I was confused.
    Perhaps it’s a failing on my part.
    LOTR was pretty “heady” stuff in the ’70s. “The Lord Of The Rings is Hobbit Forming” etc…

  3. 3 Z February 7, 2016 at 3:31 am

    If this van is rockin’… YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!


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