Friday, September 20, 2019

Star Wars Tribute: 1979 Dodge Van

This next van, like all vans, exudes a certain degree of sketchiness...not to the level of the infamous "Free Candy" van, but its on the spectrum.  However, with the sweet Star Wars graphics, rad staggered mag wheels, and roof mounted wing, you are far more likely to attract 40-something year old men named Kevin instead of little kids. Nonetheless, you will attract something and let's just hope you lean towards the light instead of the dark side because I would totally go for a ride in this thing and my name isn't Kevin.  Find this 1979 Dodge Van offered for $9800 in San Antonio, TX via craigslist.

From the seller:

1979 DODGE
fuel: gas
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
From a galaxy in a garage from far far away....I offer you the ultimate Star Wars van.

This 1979 Dodge “shorty” van was designed and built two years after the original movie hit the theaters. The van has mostly been stored for many years. The original graphics are in good shape. The graphics on the hood have some cracking due to being face up to the sun. But I think it adds great character.

The van has in the last few years had a new crate motor installed. 318 I think. Its believed to have very little miles on it.

The van runs and drives, but needs servicing from years of sitting around. This is a 70’s original!!!! The body is decent, and the side pipe exhaust is plumbed and real.

The mag wheels are staggered and period correct. The van has a new battery and new carburetor. The door handles were shaved and I can’t figure out how to trigger them. So windows down....or crawl through the back currently.

This van is super special. The interior is fair, I wanted to make the inside pop with a starship style high end freshen up, but realized I have too many things going on. Comes with a clear Texas title, I will help load the van onto your hired transport truck. You will NEVER find another. May the force be with you!!!!! 

 See a better way to join the rebellion?


  1. ive always been more of a trekie..but holy crap do i want this sooo bad! anyone need a slightly used testicle?

    1. Left or right? And how used is "slightly used"?

      This van actually made me exclaim "Holy S***!" out loud. Not too many vehicles will get that response from me. Someone is going to have a lot of fun with this.

      I'd say you could take this to a Comic Con and get all the ladies, but I think you'd probably just attract a bunch of nerdy dudes.

    2. its made one kid, and now it mostly serves as something to be "accidentaly" kicked by said kid.

  2. As killer as this thing is, I have a suspicion that the build (or at least some of it) doesn't actually date back to 1981 like they say in the ad. For example, the upside-down, frenched-in, Cadillac taillight treatment. That's not an 80s thing in my recollection. That's definitely 90s/early 00s. Which means the graphics are too because they were done afterwards. Still cool, but if I was a buyer, I'd want to know the whole scoop. Still, I can't fault it much.

  3. That 7 foot high rear wing is awesome. Too bad the roof is 6 1/2 feet high.

  4. I am a van guy and have had one most of my life for various uses. As much as the graphics are attractive they just attract attention which is never good in my life. I also have no use for the spoiler because the first covered garage you try to use won't fit or you loose the spoiler. For that price I would need to be able to drive it home, not on a trailer.

  5. How many Jalopnik overlaps have we ever had?

  6. If they get their asking price, it means it will sell for more than it retailed for new in '79 ...


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