More often than not, second to the cast, it is the cars in a movie that are put in the limelight — although, even some movie fans forget the beauty and spectacle of movie vans. However, with the DeLorean Motor Company putting the iconic DeLorean car back into production in 2017, we are reminded of how special some of the most iconic movie vans are. To celebrate the occasion, the UK’s largest used van retailer, Van Monster, has come up with a list of famous vans from TV and movies which are due a revival.
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Name of the van: 1973 Volkswagen Transporter (Type 2)
Type of van: Camper van
Movie/TV show where it shot to fame: Little Miss Sunshine
The classic Volkswagen showed its age in the two-day journey to the Little Miss Sunshine junior beauty pageant in California — with the Hoover family having to push start the classic camper van to ensure Olive got there on time.
Essential driving stats: Power — 72 horsepower. 0-60 mph — 22 seconds. Top speed — 75 mph.
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Name of the van: 1984 Ford Econoline
Type of van: Multi-purpose vehicle
Movie/TV show where it shot to fame: Dumb and Dumber
Whilst on their cross-country adventure of America, Harry and Lloyd pick up a hitchhiker called Joe Mentalino in their Mutt Cutts van, leading to the iconic scene when the trio play: “want to hear the most annoying sound in the world”.
Essential driving stats: Power — 114 horsepower.
Name of the van: 1997 Chevrolet C-2500 Silverado Fleetside
Type of van: Truck
Movie/TV show where it shot to fame: Kill Bill
In a quest for revenge, The Bride works her way through a hit list of everyone who has wronged her. On her mission, she acquires the ‘Pussy Wagon’ — a bright yellow Chevrolet — after finding the keys in the pocket of her second victim.
Essential driving stats: Power — 255 horsepower.
Name of the van: 1963 Ford Econoline Custom Van
Type of van: Multi-purpose vehicle
Movie/TV show where it shot to fame: Scooby Doo
The Mystery Machine goes from friend to foe in the fifth episode of the first season of the TV show What’s New, Scooby-Doo. However, viewers discover that the van hadn’t gone rogue, but had been under the control of a culprit using wireless controls by the end of the episode.
Essential driving stats: Power — 85 horsepower at 4,200 rpm.
Name of the van: 1951 Ford F1 4×2
Type of van: Full-size pickup truck
Movie/TV show where it shot to fame: Sanford and Son
Originally praised for its appearance throughout Sanford and Son — it remained relevant for some time following the end of the show in 1977. The truck was one of the standout attractions at the 2011 4th of July parade in Argos, Indiana, and made further headlines when it was reunited with one of the show’s main stars, Nathaniel Taylor, at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, in Cleveland, Ohio, in June 2016.
Essential driving stats: Power — 100 horsepower at 3,600 rpm.
Name of the van: 1983 GMC G-15
Type of van: Full-size van
Movie/TV show where it shot to fame: The A-Team
The A-Team GMC deserves to be noted for its honourable driving throughout the entire TV show and movie. This is because B.A. Baracus’ vehicle stood strong even when put through various gun battles, incredible jumps, major accidents, and even when it was stripped apart.
Essential driving stats: Power—110 kW (150 PS(Hp)).
Name of the van: 1993 Ford Explorer XLT
Type of van: SUV
Movie/TV show where it shot to fame: Jurassic Park
The scene when the electricity shuts down in the park is a scene hard to forget in the Jurassic Part franchise. Who can ever forget watching the glasses of water ripple ahead of the rampage of a terrifying tyrannosaurus rex?
Essential driving stats: Power — 160 horsepower. 0-60 mph — 11.3 seconds. Top speed — 110 mph.
Name of the van: 1968 Volkswagen T2A
Type of van: People mover
Movie/TV show where it shot to fame: Lost
The series made it to episode ten in season three before introducing the Volkswagen bus — paving the way for one of the main plots of the episode, as 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.
Essential driving stats: Power — 57 horsepower at 4,400 rpm. 0-60 mph — 37 seconds (estimated). Top speed — 65 mph.
Name of the van: 1986 Fleetwood Bounder RV
Type of van: Motorhome
Movie/TV show where it shot to fame: Breaking Bad
Dating back to the very first episode of Breaking Bad — the 1986 Fleetwood Bounder, driven by Walter White, crashes into a ditch in the New Mexico desert before going through a chain of bad luck that culminated in the protagonist standing under the hot sun in only his underpants.
Essential driving stats: Length — Up to 40 feet long.
Name of the van: 1973 Reliant Regal
Type of van: Three-wheeled vehicle
Movie/TV show where it shot to fame: Only Fools and Horses
There is only one moment to note, the 1988 Christmas special of the hit BBC sitcom, when Rodney attempts to impress his date, Nag’s Head barmaid Nerys. 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.
Essential driving stats: Power — 30 brake horsepower. 0-60 mph — 25 seconds. Top speed — 75 mph.