1965 GMC Handi-van
The original vintage advertisement for this GMC model said “Built, sold and serviced by truck people. But it’s priced right down there with the others.” The utilitarian, no frills design told customers that this van was made for truck people by truck people.
The 1965 GMC Handi-van had a forward engine design with a flat rear floor and low deck height that made loading and unloading cargo easier. First sold in 1964 under Chevrolet’s badge, the GMC Handi-van ran on standard 90 hp inline four cylinder or optional inline six cylinder 2.5L Chevrolet engines. But that single piece flat windshield glass is what wins the day for us.
1973 Ford Super Van
Get this: the Ford Super Van of the Ford E series is the second longest nameplate sold by Ford (1960-2014) after the Ford F series. Spanning four generations and countless updates, the one that sets our hearts aflutter is the 1973 Super Van model. A perfect marriage of practicality and recreation, this one could be used as a commercial vehicle thanks to its cargo capacity and maneuverability while serving as a fun off-road and camping vehicle.
Available in five-passenger, eight-passenger or 12-passenger capacities, the 1973 Club Wagon ran on 4L six cylinder and 5L eight cylinder engines. What’s more, the 1973 model also came with a four wheel drive that became famous as ‘Quadravans’.
1962 Saab 95
You can always spot a Saab in a sea of vehicles. The 1962 Saab 95 was no different. Built as a bull nose, two door wagon, the Saab 95 had a unique and disruptive design. Ever since Saab aircraft company forayed into manufacturing automobiles, they paid special attention to aeronautics. No wonder the Saab 95 not only looked aerodynamic but was technically very intricately designed. At the heart of this bulletproof wagon was a 841 cc two stroke inline three cylinder engine churning out 46 hp.
Unlike other elephants which paid more emphasis on power, the Saab 95 was all about basic and unconventional design. This one stands out on any road, but like the others on our list, if the highway’s a rockin’…