Overlanding Opportunity: 1985 GMC 3500 4×4 Van – SOLD!

by | Jan 2022 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

January 20, 2022 Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

We’re not exactly sure why the City of Los Angeles needed such a vehicle in its fleet in the mid-1980s, but this 1985 GMC 3500 Van currently originally listed in January 2022 on Craigslist in Weedsport, New York (Syracuse) will now make a great basis for either a great Overland adventurer or perhaps an off-grid capable Van Life vehicle.

Between the recently sorted Pathfinder 4×4 conversion, massive aluminum bumpers and side guards, shore power connection, a roof-mounted Carrier HVAC system, and a bevy of other details, this Van has the bones to make an interesting and capable off-road base camp. The only thing preventing you from using it to camp off-grid is the non-working Onan Generator.

The current $19,500 asking price is well beyond the J.D. Power NADA Guides’ “Low”, “average”, and “High” retail value range of $1,568, $3,975, and $5,135, respectively.  The premium here is the low-mileage, rust-free condition combined with the rugged 4×4 conversion as well as the bevy of off-grid equipment not typically found on most vans.

Despite being ten years older, this 1976 Pathfinder-converted Chevrolet G30 van gives you a sense of how off-road capable these vans can be:

If you’ve been looking for a Pathfinder-converted vintage van to serve as the basis for your rugged off-grid, off-road adventures, then this 1985 GMC 3500 4×4 Van might be worth a more detailed look.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1 Ton, California Truck former City of Los Angeles Emergency vehicle, 4×4 by Pathfinder when new. 350 v8, AT. The vehicle has 64k miles super clean. Aluminess Bumpers and Ladder. Has Carrier heat and AC Shore power, Onan generator (non-op) swivel captains chairs – rear seat folds into a bed. I’ve owned it for 10 years and have purchased another van. Very well maintained drives very well. No trades. Serious inquiries only – please. Located in Upstate New York.
It was recently serviced by a local 4×4 specialty shop. They can give you unbiased details on condition. The van is ready for more adventures.

Overlander or Off-Grid Van: what would you do with this 1980 GMC 3500 4×4 Van For Sale?  Comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. MIKE G

    “We’re not exactly sure why the City of Los Angeles needed such a vehicle in its fleet”


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