Barris’ Super Van to cross Barrett-Jackson auction block

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BY GERRY MILES

He was the zany creator of many custom vehicles and now George Barris’ converted 1966 Dodge Tradesman A-100 van, know as the Super Van for a movie, will soon cross the Barrett-Jackson auction block with no reserve upon it.

 

According to the barris.com website, it was originally designed by Barris as “The Love Machine” and reincarnated by him for the movie “SuperVan” according to his website originally known as “Vandora.” It was used for many movies and TV shows after that, such as the Hill Valley Transit bus (where it was painted green) in “Back to the Future II,” “Sea Quest” and the 1970 movie “Solar Crisis” as a white vehicle in the last two flicks respectively. The van has been completely restored to its “SuperVan” look and has since been signed by George Barris.

Around 2003, the Guild of Automotive Restorers began a restoration on the van that brought it back to its Super Van configuration.

Power comes from a 318 inch, 8-cylinder engine that mates to a 3-speed manual tranny.

SuperVan_03_1000In the “van era” Barris paid more attention to the interior where he included a rotating circular bed, a U-shaped sofa, color TV, a French-style telephone, tape recorder, crystal chandelier and copious amounts of plush carpeting and solar panels.

Sporting more glass than a greenhouse or the AMC Pacer’s fishbowl shape, the front windshield lifted up entirely in one piece as did the side glass.

Courtesy photos from Barris.com and Barrett-Jackson.com websites.

 

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2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback Sells for $300k at Barrett-Jackson

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The first retail unit 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback sold for $300,000 with proceeds benefiting JDRF, the leading diabetes research organization

With this sale, Ford has increased its JDRF charity car vehicle sales to more than $3.5 million

The winning bidder will personalize their new car with available 2015 Mustang GT options

Shelby GT500-inspired, 1956 Ford F-100 pulled in $450,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan in Canada. KISS bassist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Gene Simmons, his wife and Canadian-born actress, Shannon Tweed-Simmons, attended spurring on the auction crowd

At Barrett-Jackson Auction Company’s sale in Scottsdale, Ariz., a car collector and North Texas Ford dealer, Sam Pack, paid $300,000 to have the first retail production unit of the all-new 2015 Mustang GT when it goes on sale this fall. This purchase helped Ford Motor Company increase its charity vehicle sales to more than $3.5 million for JDRF, the leading diabetes research organization and a Ford partner since 1983.

The future Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan received a large donation through the sale of the 1956 Ford F-100 or “Snakebit,” as the truck is known. It is a blend of street rod styling with influences from the iconic Ford Shelby GT500. It boasts a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 breathing through a high-performance exhaust system. A six-speed manual gearbox feeds the estimated 550 horsepower to the 20-inch rear wheels.

The future Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan received a large donation through the sale of the 1956 Ford F-100 or “Snakebit,” as the truck is known. It is a blend of street rod styling with influences from the iconic Ford Shelby GT500. It boasts a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 breathing through a high-performance exhaust system. A six-speed manual gearbox feeds the estimated 550 horsepower to the 20-inch rear wheels.