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Chevy Van/Sportvan/GMC Handi-Van
1st version of Chevy Van with flat windshield
Automotive industryGeneral Motors
Production1964-1970
Car classificationCompact van
Car body style3-door Van
Chevrolet Van / GMC Vandura
GMC Vandura
Automotive industryGeneral Motors
Production1971–1996
AssemblyLordstown Assembly
Wentzville, Missouri
Scarborough Van Assembly
PredecessorChevrolet Sportvan/GMC Handi-Van
SuccessorChevrolet Express/GMC Savana
Car classificationFull-size Van
Car body style3-door Van
4-door Van
Automobile layoutFront-engine design, Rear-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Internal combustion engine6.2Liter 130 Horsepower V8

6.2L 145 hp (108 kW) V8
4.3L 150 hp (112 kW) V6

5.7L 185 hp (138 kW) V8
Transmission (mechanics)3-speed Automatic transmission
4-speed automatic
4-speed Manual transmission
Wheelbase110 in (2794 mm) (SWB)
125 in (3175 mm) (LWB)
Length178.2 in (4526 mm) (SWB)
202.2 in (5136 mm) (LWB)
Width79.5 in (2019 mm)
Height79.4 in (2017 mm) (SWB)
79.2 in (2012 mm) (LWB)
79.8 in (2027 mm) (SWB)
81.9 in (2080 mm) (LWB)
RelatedChevrolet C/K/GMC Sierra
Chevy II
This page talks about the 1964-1996 Chevrolet Van and GMC Vandura. For the long-wheelbase versions (Beauville/Rally), see Chevrolet Beauville. For the post-1996 successor, see Chevrolet Express.

The Chevrolet Van was one of several Van made by General Motors for North America. Its strongest competition was the Ford Econoline van and the Dodge Ram Van.

The term "Chevrolet van" also refers to the entire series of vans sold by Chevrolet. The first Chevrolet van was released in 1961 on the Corvair platform, and the latest Chevrolet van in production is the Chevrolet Express.

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History


The first General Motors van was the Chevrolet Corvair-based Greenbrier van, introduced for 1961, which used a Flat-6 Opposed piston engine Rear engine with Air-cooled engine, inspired by the Volkswagen Type 2.

The ChevyVan (1964-1970) was, like the competing Ford Econoline and Dodge A100, a Compact van based on a modified passenger car platform. The Engine was placed between and behind the front seats with a flat nose. Both engines and brakes were sourced from the Chevy II, a more conventional Compact car than Corvair. This model was also sold as the GMC Handi-Van.

The second generation ChevyVan/Vandura introduced for 1971 followed the engine-forward design of the 1968 Ford Econoline. The engine was placed forward of the driver with a short nose and hood. Suspension parts and engines came from the Chevrolet/GMC C-series pickup trucks.

The third generation Express and Savana of the 1990s adopted aerodynamic styling, without exposed hinges on the rear doors. Taillights were placed high on the rear pillars. The extended 15 passenger version rode on a longer wheelbase, rather than just an extended body, and a left-side door was made available, for the declining passenger van market.

Updates


1963

The original "classic" flat windshield van. Four or Six Cyl inline engines. Very straightforward construction and a boxy design optimized for hauling cargo, tools and equipment around town. Not well suited for highway use. The base cargo model was the "HANDIVAN", available with or without windows and side doors in the rear. Even the heater and right front passenger seat were options. A slightly spiffier window model designed for passengers was called the "SPORTVAN".

1967

A slightly restyled version with a rounded windshield, bigger engine and better brakes was released. V8 engines were available for the 1st time. The short wheelbase vans measured 90 inches (2,286 mm), while the long wheelbase was 108-inch (2,743 mm)

1971

All new bodystyle was introduced this year, which continued until the end of the 1995 model year.

The Vandura and sister ChevyVan replaced the earlier flat nosed model. The GMCs were introduced in April 1970; interior components such as the steering column and steering wheel were sourced from the Chevrolet/GMC C/K pickups. The short wheelbase vans measured 110 inches (2,794 mm), while the long wheelbase was 125-inch (3,175 mm) wheelbase). Clear blinker housings were used on early models, along with blue grille ornaments on Chevrolet models.

1978

The front sheetmetal was updated. Changes include: a new, built-out plastic grilles with integrated blinkers, different fenders, round headlamps on lower-end models and square headlamps on higher-end models, new steering wheel similar to the 1973-87 pickups, and new dash. Front and rear bumpers were enlarged.

1980

All 1980 vans were given new rear view mirrors on the drivers and passenger doors.

1982

For 1982, the locking steering column was introduced, along with a new column mounted ignition switch. It was the last model year for a 3-speed manual transmission on the column, and round headlamps. A 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission was also introduced.

1983

Stacked 4-headlights introduced, alongside with a revised grille. Base models continued with 2 headlights. All vans models now have square headlamps. From this model year on, tilt steering was available with a manual transmission because the steering column was retilted to be similar to the C/K trucks. New steering wheels were introduced as well to be similar to the cars for that time.

This version was made famous by the American television series The A-Team.


1984

New swing out side doors were introduced to go with the standard sliding side door. The doors were a 60/40 split.

1985

The taillight and side marker lenses were redesigned. New Grille Treatment similar to the pickups.

1986/87

Most engines are fuel injected and a 4.3 litre V6 replaces the old 4.1 liter inline six. Diesel engine is available. A carbureted 5.0 liter 180 hp V8 engine (option LE9) was also available in the 49-state version, with fuel injection for California-emission vehicles.

GMC Rally 15 pass van

1990

Unlike the Dodge Ram Wagon and Ford Econoline vans which had a welded-on body extension, a 155-inch (3,937 mm) wheelbase was introduced (about the same length as a Chevrolet/GMC crewcab truck).

1992

Facelift using the front grille from the former Chevrolet/GMC R/V series pickups and SUV (Blazer, Suburban, Crew Cab/Dually), previously phased out of production in 1991.

1993

4L60E Automatic transmission introduced, replacing the 4L60/700R4.

1994

A driver's side airbag was made standard.

1995

A new longer nose and four head light design was introduced, a very popular school bus conversion.The engine also received a facelift, with the 4.3L V6 now labeled the "Vortec". Engine sizes remained fairly the same e.g. 4.3L, 5.7L, 7.4L engines. Several versions of the van were available for purchase depending on the buyer's needs. Base model was basically a stripped down model - no thrills, very limited interior and no rear seats. The "Sportvan" Had all the features of a full conversion van, but no rear seats and no fiberglass roof extension. Then finally, the "Conversion". These models were sent from the factory bare-bones, to have the interior and exterior upgrades added by third party companies such as "Mark III, Tiara, Coach, Starcraft, etc."

Chevrolet Van at the Internet Movie Cars Database

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