Shag Wagon: 1965 Chevrolet G10 Panel Van – $6,500

Mar 2020 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday


If you’ve always wanted to do a Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine build of your own, this 1965 Chevrolet G10 ChevyVan listed here on Craigslist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania may fit the bill as its in desperate need of an update.  The current caretaker calls his van the “shag wagon” due to the interior and is asking $6,500.  A check of the  NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his G10 priced above the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of only $900, $1,975, and $3,875 so we think there may be a bit of wiggle room for negotiation.  If you are serious about buying this G10, you can start the conversation by calling Tony at 412-303-2968.

Chevrolet replaced its Corvair-based Greenbrier van with the cab-over, ChevyII based G10 ChevyVan for the 1964 model year.  GM saw a market for a compact van based on a modified passenger car platform to compete with Ford’s Econoline and Dodge’s A100. The 1964 ChevyVan utilized a cab forward design with the engine placed in a “doghouse” between and behind the front seats. The implementation of situating the driver on top of the front axle with the engine near the front wheels is called internationally a “cab over” vehicle. The G10 shared engines and brakes the Chevy II.  G10s were only available in only the short 90-inch wheelbase configuration and came standard with a 90 horsepower 153 cubic inch inline four cylinder while Chevrolet’s venerable 194 cubic inch inline six was optional.

For 1965, the G10 remained largely unchanged. Chevrolet widened the grille openings and added one slot just above the bumper to increase cooling. Seat belts were added. The exciting news for the 1965 model year was the introduction of the Chevy Sportvan and GMC Handi-Bus.  Sportvan was a passenger friendly van with windows molded into the van body. A retractable rear courtesy step for the passenger side doors was used on the Sportvan. For ’65, the G1o dropped the inline four, making the 194 cubic inch straight six the standard while a ‘Hi-Torque’ 140 horsepower 230 cubic inch I6 was now an option.

As much as we love the exterior lines and period correct Cragar SS Wheels, plexiglass round windows, and CB “whip” antenna, the shag interior needs to go in our humble opinion.  With what appears to be a very solid body, this van may be the right canvas to have it wrapped in a Scooby Doo Mystery Machine theme rather than have it repainted.  Whatever you decide to do, good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Hello I have a really cool 1965 Chevy van it has a rebuilt 6 cylinder which runs great automatic transmission which works great also older shag interior fun to drive $6500 call Tony at 412-303-2968

Do you think the shag interior should be preserved or updated?  Comment below and let us know!


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