Van retailer and enthusiast, Van Monster has come up with a selection of iconic vans that found their fame through TV and movies. How many can you remember?
Model: 1963 Ford Econoline Custom Van
Type: Multi-purpose vehicle
Claim to Fame: Scooby Doo
Key Stats: Power — 85 horsepower at 4,200 rpm
Iconic Scene: During the first season of the What’s New, Scooby Doo television show, viewers are led to believe that the Mystery Machine has gone rogue.
It turns out that it had been under control of a culprit using wireless controls.
Model: 1951 Ford F1 4x2
Type: Full-size pickup truck
Claim to Fame: Sanford and Son
Key Stats: Power — 100 horsepower at 3,600 rpm.
Iconic Scene: Although the truck featured many times throughout the series, it is relevant how the van has remained following the end of the show in 1977.
The truck was one of the standout attractions at the 4 July 2011 parade in Argos, Indiana. It made further headlines when it was reunited with one of the show’s main stars, Nathaniel Taylor, at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (Cleveland, Ohio) in June 2016.
Model: 1983 GMC G-15
Type: Full-size van
Claim to Fame: The A-Team
Key Stats: Power—110 kW (150 PS(Hp))
Iconic Scene: There is no scene that stands out for the van here, though it is important to honour what the van endured throughout the full television series.
This is because B.A. Baracus’ vehicle stood strong even when put through various gun battles, incredible jumps, accidents and even being stripped apart.
Model: 1968 Volkswagen T2A
Type: People mover
Claim to Fame: Lost
Key Stats: Power — 57 horsepower at 4,400 rpm. 0-60 mph — 37 seconds (estimated). Top speed — 65 mph.
Iconic Scene: The Volkswagen bus was at the center of a main plot for the episode entitled Tricia Tanaka Is Dead.
Everyone’s favourite good guy Hurley went out of his way to get the abandoned vehicle started again. The conclusion was a very heart-warming moment for the series.
Model: 1986 Fleetwood Bounder RV
Claim to Fame: Breaking Bad
Key Stats: Length — Up to 40 feet long.
Iconic Scene: This vehicle made its debut in the pilot episode of Breaking Bad as Walter White crashes his RV into a ditch in the New Mexico desert.
He then goes through a chain of bad luck, before leading to him standing in his underpants in the desert.
Model: 1973 Reliant Regal
Type: Three-wheeled vehicle
Claim to Fame: Only Fools and Horses
Key Stats: Power — 30 brake horsepower. 0-60 mph — 25 seconds. Top speed — 75 mph.
Iconic Scene: The most memorable moment for this vehicle is in Dates. The episode shows Rodney attempting to impress his date, Nag’s Head barmaid Nery.
The situation soon gets out of hand though and the duo get involved in a high-speed chase where the Reliant Regal is pursued by a gang in a much flashier sports car. Watch out for the moment where the three-wheeler achieves incredible hang time.