Chevy Sportvan
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Make: Chevy
Model: Sportvan
Chevy Sportvan

Something odd occurs with vans ' they are either hugely popular and instill 'cool' or they are really unfavorable. 'Cool' vans are ones such as the VW vans and somehow the Chevrolet Sportvan entered that same category. It was one of several vans made by General Motors for North America and to dispel confusion, the term also refers to the entire series of vans sold by Chevrolet. These models were first released in 1961 at which time they were on the Corvair platform. To this day they are still in production as the Express. Ford has been giving Chevrolet a run for its money with the fairly successful Ford Econoline series. The first General Motors van to hit the market was the Chevrolet Corvair-based Greenbiar van, which made its way into showrooms in 1961. It used a flat-6 opposed rear engine with air-cooling, inspired by the 'cool' Volkswagen bus. The ChevyVan, which was available between 1964 and 1970, was a compact van and faced competition from its doppelgangers: the Ford Econoline and the Dodge A100. Placement of the engine was odd in that it sat between and behind the front seats with a flat nose. Keep in mind when looking at these vans that the same model was also sold as the GMC HANDI-VAN. The second generation of the ChevyVan was introduced for the 1971 model year and followed the engine-forward design of the 1968 Ford Econoline. Chevrolet just kept updating and reissuing the Vans as it did again in the 1990s when the third generation of vans where released. They were a little flashier in that they adopted a more aerodynamic styling, without exposed hinges on the rear doors. The taillights were also placed high on the rear pillars. It is hard to say how long the van market will hold up as fuel efficiency becomes more and more of an issue and concern to consumers.

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