Chevrolet Beauville

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Chevrolet Beauville
GMC Vandura Rally
Automotive industryGeneral Motors
Also calledGMC Rally
Production1970-1996
AssemblyLordstown, Ohio

Wentzville, Missouri

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
SuccessorChevrolet Express/GMC Savana
Car classificationFull-size Van
Car body style3-door Van
Automobile layoutFR layout
Internal combustion engine4.3L V6
5.7L V8
7.4L V8
6.5L Diesel V8
Transmission (mechanics)3-speed Automatic transmission
4-speed automatic
4-speed Manual transmission
WheelbaseSWB: 110.0 in (2794 mm)
LWB: 125.0 in (3175 mm)
3500 LWB: 146.0 in (3708 mm)
Length1994-96 LWB: 204.1 in (5184 mm)
Rally 3500 LWB: 225.1 in (5718 mm)
SWB: 178.2 in (4526 mm)
1991-93 LWB: 202.2 in (5136 mm)
1991-93 3500HD: 202.6 in (5146 mm)
3500 LWB: 223.2 in (5669 mm)
Beauville 3500 LWB: 225.0 in (5715 mm)
Width79.5 in (2019 mm)
Height3500 SWB: 81.8 in (2078 mm)
3500 LWB: 82.3 in (2090 mm)
3500HD: 81.9 in (2080 mm)
2500: 79.1 in (2009 mm)
SWB: 79.4 in (2017 mm)
Pre-1990 G1500 Extended: 79.2 in (2012 mm)
Pre-1990 G2500: 79.5 in (2019 mm)
Curb weight6,600 lb (3,000 kg)
RelatedChevrolet Van

The Chevrolet Beauville or GMC Rally was originally a Station wagon option for the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air. The name was later resurrected as a full-size Van option for the Chevrolet Van in 1970.

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1955-1957 Bel Air Station Wagon


1955 Chevrolet Beauville

In 1955 Chevrolet introduced the 4 door Beauville Wagon as an option for the Bel Air line. The Beauville wagon came standard with a Straight-6 engine or a V8 mated to a Manual transmission.

Type of Beauville Number made Standard price
1955 4 door Bel Air Beauville Wagon 24,313 Straight-6= $2,262 V8= $2,361

[1]

1956 Chevrolet Beauville

In 1956 the Beauville became a wagon option for the Chevrolet 210 as well.

Type of Beauville Number made Standard Price Seating capacity
1956 4 door 210 Beauville Wagon 17,988 6 cylinder= $2,348 V8= $2447 9 passengers
1956 4 door Bel Air Beauville Wagon 13,279 6 cylinder= $2,482 V8= $2581 9 passengers
[2]

Engines

Chevrolet Station wagons offered a wide variety of engines rated from the 140 hp (104 kW) 6 cylinder to the 225 hp (168 kW) V8.

One base engine Chevrolet offered in 1956 was a 235.5 cubic inch 6 cylinder engine with a cast iron block and a compression ratio of 8.0:1. It was carbureted, with a Rochester single barrel Carburetor with a peak brake Horsepower of 140 achieved at 4200 RPM. Another base engine offered by chevrolet in 1956 was a 265 cubic inch V8 with a 2 barrel carburetor with peak brake horsepower of 162 at 4400 rpm.

In 1956 two other 265 cubic inch V8s were offered but both had a 9.25:1 Compression ratio, 4 barrel carburetors, and a dual exhaust. The Turbo-Fire 225 engine was equipped with 2 Carter 4 barrel carburetors and produced Convert/225 at 5200 rpm while the Turbo-Fire 205 engine had a single 4 barrel carburetor with a peak 205 hp (153 kW) at 4600 rpm.

1957 Chevrolet Beauville

In 1957 the Beauville station wagon was not offered in the Bel Air line, only in the 210.

Type of Beauville Number sold Standard Price Seating capacity
1957 4 door 210 Beauville wagon 21,803 6 cylinder= $2,563 V8= $2663 9 passengers
[3] [4]

In 1957 the engines offered by Chevrolet in the 210 Beauville were a 235.5 cubic inch 6 cylinder with 140 hp (104 kW), a 265 cubic inch V8 with 162 hp (121 kW), and a number of 283 cubic inch V8s, the most powerful being the super turbo-fire 283 reached 283 hp (211 kW). The super turbo-fire 283 was a fuel injected engine that was a $550 option back in 1957. [5] [6]

Full Size Chevy Van 1970-1995


Chevrolet Beauville
The Chevrolet G series Sportvan Beauville was a full size van option produced by Chevrolet between 1970 and 1995.

Since its conception in the tail end of the 1960s, the G series has seen very little change. The majority of those changes have been internal.

Van engines

4.3 Liter gasoline V6
  • Horsepower= 165 hp (123 kW) @4000 rpm
  • Torque=235 lb·ft (319 N·m) @2400 rpm
5.7 liter gasoline V8
  • Horsepower= 200 hp (149 kW) @4000 rpm
  • Torque= 310 lb·ft (420 N·m) @2400 rpm
6.2 liter Detroit Diesel compact V8 (1982-1993[1])
  • Horsepower= 143 hp (107 kW) @ 3,600 rpm
  • Torque=257 ft·lbf (348 N·m) @ 2,000 rpm
6.5 liter Detroit Diesel compact V8 (1994-2001[1])
  • Horsepower=
  • Torque=
7.4 liter gasoline V8
  • Horsepower= 230 hp (172 kW) @4000 rpm
  • Torque= 385 lb·ft (522 N·m) @2400 rpm

The 1995 Chevrolet G20 Beauville Sportvan passenger van came standard with the 4.3 liter V6 with a 9.1 Compression ratio, overhead valves, and 2 valve per cylinder configuration.[2] Although the G20 could also have the 5.7 liter V8, it could not have the 7.4 liter V8. The 7.4 liter V8 is exclusive to the G30. The transmission choices were a 4 speed Automatic transmission or a five speed manual. Chevrolet also offered, in 1995, a pair of 6.5 liter Naturally aspirated diesels.

Recalls

  • November 21, 1994
    • The supplemental inflatable Restraint Caution label and an Engine start label were installed on the same side of the Driver's visor. This is not in accordance with FMVS NO. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
      • The consequence of this was that the driver may fail to notice and follow the warning labels.
        • 185 Units affected
  • October 17, 1995
    • The sliding side-door rear latch that was improperly riveted. It is not in accordance with FMVS NO. 206, "Door Locks and Door retention components."
      • If the vehicle is involved in a crash the door will not perform as required by the standard.
        • 936 Affected units
  • May 19, 1999
    • Chevrolet and GMC G Vans with sliding side doors that were remedied between July 18, 1997 and February 6, 1999 were installed with a latch that was improperly riveted.
      • If involved in a crash, the door will not perform up to the standards.
        • 282 Units affected
  • July 19, 1999
    • This was a safety improvement campaign, not a true recall, dealing with certain light duty Pickup trucks, SUVs, or Vans equipped with 3-sensor Antilock Braking system EBC4 Units.
      • On certain surfaces the affected vehicles may experience extended stopping distances when abs is engaged, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
        • 2400000 affected vehicles, not all G20s.

Additional information

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states on their web site, [7], the safety rating for frontal crash impact to be three stars for both driver and passenger. In this case that means a high likelihood of thigh injury, therefore this is considered a safety concern.

The pronunciation of the Beauville is highly disputed, the majority believe it to be pronounced as Boo-Ville. Even so, it's French namesake is pronounced closer to Bo-Viye, and the The Beauvilles pronounces it Bo-Vil.

Chevrolet Beauville

The production of the G series, and the Beauville, stopped in 1995; the replacement van is the Chevrolet Express Van.

Notes


  1. 1.0 1.1 Diesel Power Mag: 6.2L Buildup
  2. Auto Mall USA: 1995 Chevrolet G20 Reviews

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