1965 Chevrolet Sportvan

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Chrysler and Ford made forward-control vans, and so did GM.

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Actually, GM made two different forward-control vans during the 1960s; first, there was the Corvair 95 (here's a DOTS example) from the 1961 through 1964 model years. The new G10 series half-ton Chevy van debuted in 1964, so there was a one-year period during which Chevy shoppers could choose a rear-engined/air-cooled van or a front-engined/water-cooled one. After that, the forward-control G reigned until 1970.

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We've seen the Dodge version of this layout, but the only old-style Econoline in this series was a pickup version. I'll have to keep my eyes open for an early Econoline van.

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Rob Emslie

That's a good looking example. You almost never see these around, much less in this nice of shape. Another interesting connection between the Corvair and the Sportvan is that they shared the same instrument cluster:

BTW, that guy really likes coffee.