Coca-Cola Classic: 1965 GMC Handi-Van – STILL $18,000

by | Oct 2021 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

October 9, 2021 Update – We just came across a fresh Craigslist ad replacing the expired post for this Coca-Cola-themed van.  The limited pictures, description, and asking price of $18,00 found in the previous ad remain in place.

September 19, 2021 Update – In a very strange move, the private seller just increased their asking price from $14,000 to $18,000.  That has put our guard up to confirm whether this is a scam listing. Stay tuned!

You’ve likely heard the adage “A Picture is Worth One Thousand Words.” Expanding on that, we often tell our potential auction sellers “A video is worth one million words.”  The seller of this restored 1965 GMC Handi-Van currently listed here on Craigslist in Huntington, New York (Long Island) received the memo, because what they lack with only two pictures they make up for by instructing potential buyers with where to find videos of their van on YouTube. Here’s one from four years ago when the current caretaker likely bought it from the selling dealer at the time.

Currently offered for $14,000, comparing that price against the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $8,300 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $15,600.

When Chevrolet replaced its Corvair-based Greenbrier van with the cab-over, ChevyII based G10 ChevyVan for the 1964 model year, the GMC truck division also received a Handi-Van version to sell. In the early 1960s, General Motors saw a market for a compact van based on a modified passenger car platform to compete with Ford’s Econoline, Dodge’s A100, and Volkswagen’s Transporter. Produced from 1964 through 1966, these compact GM vans 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 Handi-Van shared engines and brakes of the Chevy II.  Handi-Vans 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 Handi-Van remained largely unchanged. GMC 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 GMC Handi-Bus, which was a passenger-friendly van with windows molded into the van body. 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 became an option.

If you don’t mind driving around providing free advertising for Coca-Cola, then this rare-to-find GMC Handi-Van might be the classic truck for you. If you are serious about buying this classic GMC and have the cash to complete the transaction, you can start the conversation by emailing the private seller.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their GMC Handi-Van featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Go on Youtube & search “1965 GMC handi-van” & you’ll find several videos of this vehicle in action! Located in Huntington NY 11743. Fully restored with custom paint & Cova-Cola graphics, painted, detailed 6 cylinder engine, & automatic transmission, with dual exhaust & super clean undercarriage. Fully custom 2 tone red & tan leather interior with headliner, carpet, painted dash, & leather covered doghouse and steering wheel. Cooper Cobra white lettered radial tires with great tread, red rally wheels, chromed dog dish hubcaps with chrome trim rings. Upgraded led rear back-up lamps & directional mirrors. All dash lights, exterior lights, directionals & brake lights work as well as wipers. Upgraded stereo with a real Coca Cola cooler converted into a speaker cabinet with vintage Coke bottles in a wooden Coke box on top of the cabinet. Drives super fast & engine sounds GREAT & has that right “stance” that tells you it’s ready for business. Ready for car shows, or just blasting down the road! Will get tons of attention wherever you go. Clear title in my name with no leins & ready to drive. Fuel gauge is inop, so I always just fill it. Tinted glass all around. WILL ONLY SELL FOR CASH. This is a one of a kind custom and a rare opportunity to own something no one else has! EMAIL ME 24/7 & come see it. If ad is up, it’s still available. LOCAL BUYERS WITH CASH ONLY.​

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