Boxed Wizard: 1985 Chevrolet Astro Custom Show Van – Sold!

Apr 2020 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

Are you looking to really stand out from the RADwood crowd but can only do it on the cheap? Well, this heavily customized 1985 Chevrolet Astro Van listed on Craigslist in Riverhead, New York (Long Island) for $4,800 might fit the bill.  Checking the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller’s asking price is above the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of only $775, $1,100, and $1,500, respectively so the premium requested here is for the unique, if dated, customization. 

Not only is the base van eligible since it’s an ’85 model, the wildly customized exterior paint scheme (that isn’t a wrap folks – that’s all hand-painted using an airbrush!) and chrome ARE-type slotted aluminum wheels give off a mid-to-late nineties vibe.  Between its three-inch all-around roof chop and the frenched tail lights (If you have a guess on what they could be, please comment below!), we’d venture all of this customization likely cost ten times what the current asking price is back in the day.  Best of all, the seller reports his Astro Van only has 70K miles and the 4.3 L V6 runs and drives well.  The seller mentions their van was a “former show/magazine car” but doesn’t provide any pictures of what publications the Boxed Wizard may have been written about.

So, after addressing the noted clear coat issues, updating the stereo system, and giving your new find a thorough detailing, what would be your plan for this unique ride?  Comment below and let us know!  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This former show/magazine car/ started its life as a 1985 Chevy Astro Van. It is equipped with a 4.3 V6 and an automatic transmission. Vehicle currently has 70k on it and runs and drives great.


Van was chopped 3″ all the way around has custom Air-brushed graphics (not a wrap) and was completely remodeled on the inside as well. If you are looking for attention this is the van for you.

Currently in storage and will need minor things to get it ready for show quality- some spots clear coat will need attention, audio system needs address, passenger door popper needs adjusting and a professional detail.

Clean, healthy & sanitary environment. By appointment only, one customer at a time. Please Contact number above via text or call.


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