This 70s SuperVan comes with disco ball, VHS player and 5.2 V8

Crazy customised commercial vehicle from the creator of the Batmobile will be sold in Scottsdale with no reserve

Would you buy a van known as ‘The Love Machine’? Barrett-Jackson auctions is hoping someone will. The mad creation, also known as the SuperVan, from famed car customiser George Barris, will go under the hammer later this year.

The incredible Supervan won’t be much use for a trip to the builders’ merchants, as the interior is set up with partying firmly in mind. To that end, the LED task lighting you might find on a Ford Transit Custom makes way for a roof-mounted disco ball and lava lamp, while sliding side doors are substituted for massive windows giving a great view out (and in). Once inside, van party guests can relax on a six-foot U-shaped sofa, enjoying the best in-car entertainment that the 1970’s had to offer – a colour TV, VHS player and an intercom phone. Entry to the cab is made through the front windscreen.

Best panel vans to buy now

The underlying mechanicals do at least come from a workhorse. The SuperVan is based on a Dodge A-100 Tradesman, which has a 318-cubic-inch (5.2-litre) V8 engine mated to a three-speed manual gearbox.

The SuperVan has had quite the Hollywood career. It featured in the 1977 film ‘SuperVan’ where it was named ‘Vandora’. Then it returned for Back to the Future II, where it was repainted and used as a Hill Valley Transit bus.

The SuperVan is the creation of ‘King of Custom’ George Barris, who sadly passed away last year at the age of 89. In his time though, he was responsible for a huge number of custom hot rods and lowriders, but the most famous of all is surely the original TV Batmobile.

Barris’ passing may well shore up the price of the SuperVan when it comes up for sale. Barrett-Jackson auctioneers won’t offer an estimate, and will sell the vehicle without a reserve so the price is anyone's guess. The original Batmobile went up for sale and sold for $4.62 million, so it’s unlikely the SuperVan will sell for pocket change. It’s made especially valuable with Barris’ autograph on the instrument binnacle.

Would you buy the 'SuperVan'? What would you use it for? Let us know what you think in the comments...

Recommended

Cheapest vans on sale 2020
Vans

Cheapest vans on sale 2020

Businesses need vans to do the job without costing an arm or a leg. The UK’s cheapest vans should fulfil both criteria...
25 Sep 2020
Long wheelbase vans: payloads, licences and how to choose one
Vans

Long wheelbase vans: payloads, licences and how to choose one

If you want to carry a lot of cargo in your van, a long wheelbase model could be just the ticket, we explain all...
22 Sep 2020
Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian X: long-term test review
Long-term tests

Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian X: long-term test review

Third report: Does our Mitsubishi L200 pick-up live up to its predecessors?
10 Sep 2020
New Volkswagen Caddy California officially unveiled
Vans

New Volkswagen Caddy California officially unveiled

Volkswagen has launched the dinky Caddy California campervan – and it’s loaded with clever space-saving technology
4 Sep 2020

Most Popular

New 2021 BMW M3 launched with huge grille and 503bhp
BMW 3 Series M3 Coupe

New 2021 BMW M3 launched with huge grille and 503bhp

The new sixth-generation BMW M3 Competition saloon gets a 503bhp straight-six engine and four-wheel-drive
22 Sep 2020
New 2020 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV revealed with up to 323 miles of range
Volkswagen ID.4

New 2020 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV revealed with up to 323 miles of range

The new Tiguan-sized Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV becomes VW’s second ID. model, rivalling the Tesla Model Y
23 Sep 2020
New Range Rover Velar PHEV launched with 33-mile electric range
Land Rover Range Rover Velar

New Range Rover Velar PHEV launched with 33-mile electric range

Land Rover has given the Range Rover Velar an update, with a new plug-in hybrid powertrain and an improved infotainment system
23 Sep 2020