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September 24, 2015

When it comes to the big screen, nothing screams adventure quite like a tricked out van. The sweet ride is more than just a vehicle, it is a key character.

In the 70s and the 80s the van was such a big part of the American culture that it became a preferable choice of vehicle in many movies and TV shows. These four – wheel wonders are synonym of freedom and good times. It’s time to hop in some the most famous moving van teams and take on one hell of a journey.

1. The Yellow VW, Little Miss Sunshine


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No one gets left behind on a cross – country trip with a 1978 VW passenger van. Or at least this is the story of the Hoovers – a neurotic and dysfunctional family determined to get their daughter on a beauty pageant contest.
The VW bus has a key role as the major movie setting. It’s no surprise that five different vans were used during the filming for the different angles. Three of the vehicles were in good condition and had engines, while two were mounted on trailers.

2. The Mystery Machine, Scooby-Doo

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The Mystery Machine is just as popular as the characters of the Scooby – Doo series. The candy coloured van is the primary transportation of Scooby and the gang on their quest for solving mysteries.
It is suggested that the Mystery Machine is a gift from Daphne’s father for her 16th birthday. The van was previously owned by a family band called the Mystery Kids.

3. Ecto-1, Ghostbusters


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Technically, the Ecto-1 was a Cadillac professional chassis from 1959. The vehicle, however, is so pimped out that it can pass for a van. The car was found and repaired by Dr. Ray Stantz, one of the three parapsychology professors who provide ghost removal services. Ecto-1 became a well-recognized trademark of the Ghostbusters franchise.

4. The Mutt Cutts van, Dumber and Dumber

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The legendary dog van took the two good – hearted, but dim-witted friends, Harry and Lloyd, on a trip to Aspen to return a lost briefcase. Although, Lloyd spent all his savings on the shaggin’ wagon, it was totally worth. The Mutt Cutts is actually on tour now as part of the upcoming release of the new Dumber and Dumber movie.

5. The Ice Cream Truck, Borat


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Not exactly a van, but it still deserves a place in our list. The scene with Borat, the ice cream truck and the bear is a perfect example of the many comic and absurd situations, in which the protagonist gets himself into. When Borat takes the ice cream van from the car dealership, the salesman doesn’t know that he talks to an actor. He actually refuses to sell him the vehicle.

6. Uncle Rico’s Van, Napoleon Dynamite


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This is the story of a socially – awkward sixteen years old boy, Napoleon Dynamite, who decides to help a friend win the class presidency in their school, while dealing with his weird family at home. One of Napoleon’s strange relatives is Uncle Rico who owns a Dodge Caravan. There is Twitter page dedicated to the vehicle, but unfortunately has only few followers.

7. 1983 Black & Grey GMC Vandura, The A-Team

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The TV series about a commando unit accused for a crime they didn’t commit and escape for a military prison would not be the same without the black and metallic GMC van with characteristic red stripe. The most iconic pop – culture feature of the vehicle is the rooftop spoiler.
There have been several different vans used for the stunt scenes and throughout the five seasons. This cause many continuity errors like the lack of the logo in the later versions of the vehicle.

To be continued…