Shag Survivor: 1979 Chevrolet Trans Van – $3,969

by | Jul 2022 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

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July 10, 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.

With its shag-carpeted door panels, orange-to-brown tape stripes, and frenched Pontiac tail lights, this Chevrolet van-based 1979 Champion Trans Van makes a great starting point for someone looking to build a modern B-Size camper van. Especially when it’s in running condition and offered at only $3,969 or best offer.  The best past of this van is the seller’s entertaining description:

“Tired of living in a house that doesn’t even have wheels? Wish more people would openly stare at your vehicle as you cruise the strip? Miss that late 70’s aesthetic? Want your vehicle to sound like a monster truck?

If you said yes to any or all of those questions, let me introduce you to the 1979 Chevy Transvan! – Initially made by Champion for Champions, this holy grail of a camper can take you wherever you want to go in both comfort and _style_.

This van is a blank canvas for camping or living the #vanlife. It has floor-to-ceiling carpet with very little furniture. You could toss a sleeping bag in and get to it or fabricate the classiest living space on wheels.

People have literally almost crashed their cars staring at this beauty. Every gas station we stop at has people staring with their jaws on the floor. Who cares about muscle cars when you can draw this kind of attention. Even our neighbors love seeing it in our driveway. Really!

What more can I say? They’re awesome.

This isn’t one of those sneaky electric cars that have to play car sounds out of speakers. This machine roars in a way that gives you the tinglies with just one rev of the engine.

The Transvan runs just fine and dandy. We had our mechanic take a look at it this spring and, after being awestruck for a few minutes, he thoroughly inspected it. It’s good to go!

* Clean title
* Completely rebuilt engine (a previous owner was a mechanic) that runs like a dream – our mechanic agrees
* ~60,000 miles on the engine
* New(ish) Firestone Transforce HT tires – barely used!
* 2 portholes – one is covered by a shower wall, but with a bit of effort, can let in the light
* Floor-to-ceiling carpet – 2 colors
* Propane tank mount, connections, heater, stove, etc. – It’s all original and I never tested any of it 😬
* Refrigerator – Looks cool, might work (might not)
* Power cable hookup – looks a bit gnarly – also untested, but likely trivial to replace
* No stereo – No more fights about which mixtape to play
* Largely decorative odometer – It rolled over at least once in this van’s life
* A closet/shower – It’s up to you how to use the space

* New driver-side door handle – Now, you too, can get out without rolling down the window
* New battery – It does the job
* Protective RV cover – Only used one season and is in good shape
* Was thoroughly vacuumed

This miracle of late-70’s engineering can be yours today. Make us an offer today.”

Do you have a Champion Trans Van story to share?  If so, comment below and let us know!

  1. josh

    No link to Transvan ad?

    • Guys with Rides

      Josh, we’re sorry but it appears that RV has already sold.


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