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Thanksgiving Weekend – A Chevy Corvair Van once used in Commercials, now on eBay

The Chevrolet Venture van was introduced in the autumn of 1997, and was the more traditional follow-up to the plastic “Dust Buster” Lumina APV. The Venture actually sold a lot better than the APV, offered both a short and long wheelbase version, and optional driver-side sliding doors at introduction (later to become standard). Ok, blah blah blah blah about the Venture, and yes it was a rather boring minivan, but one of the television advertisements became memorable. Make the jump to see why…

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Now that particular Corvair Van can be yours. Well, at least its more exciting than any Venture you could own. According to the listing:

1962 CHEVROLET HIPPY VAN GREENBRIER VAN. WAS FEATURED IN A CHEVROLET VENTURE VAN COMMERCIAL. NICE ART WORK, PERFECT FOR ANY 60s EVENT. HAS REAL GLASS BEADS, TYE DYE DOOR PANELS.

I HAVE SOME PAPERWORK FROM TV COMMERCIAL AND TWO CHEVY HUB CAPS THEY USED. THE UNDERNEATH IS CLEAN WITH NO RUST. MOTOR RUNS STRONG AND DOSEN’T SMOKE. THIS IS A MUST HAVE FOR ANY EVENT OR PARTY YOU WILL BE THE TALK OF THE TOWN. NEVER IN MY LIFE HAVE I HAD SUCH A VEHICLE GET SO MUCH ATTENTION I’VE HAD NUMEROUS PEOPLE REMEMBER IT FROM THE COMMERCIAL.

I know, there isn’t much information about the van, but this is where I can fill in a bit. This van is equipped with the 2-speed powerglide automatic, and it has a custom exhaust system, with both sides exiting in front of the rear wheels. The Buy-It-Now price for this rather interesting van is $11,900, which I think is a bit too rich for what you get. What do you think of this van? Visit the listing here: 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier

Currently there are "5 comments" on this Article:

  1. From_a_Buick_6 says:

    I remember that commercial. What always bugged me is that, if you were some Greenbriar-driving Canned Heat-listening hippie in the late '60s, aren't you a little old to have a minivan full of preteen kids circa 1997? Especially if you've been with the same person for ~30 years? Maybe if they're your grandkids?

    Then again, I was 11 in 1997 and my mother graduated from high school in 1968, so what do I know?

    Also, is that Drew Carey doing the voice over?

    • Dean Bigglesworth says:

      I'm about the same age as you then. And both my parents would have graduated from high school somewhere around the same time your mom did. So i'd say it's plausible. Never seen any kind of Corvair live, but i do see the local version of the Venture from time to time. It was sold as the Opel Sintra over here, as well as the Chevrolet Trans Sport. Which for the European market was exactly the same as the Pontiac Trans Sport, just with Chevy badges.

    • dukeisduke says:

      I remember it, too. It's more memorable than the Venture (later Uplander). The wheelcovers are from a Buick, like a mid '90s Century or Regal. The chrome trim on the windshield gasket says this Greenbrier is a Deluxe.

  2. Mad_Hungarian says:

    Cool van. Looks like it is in decent shape underneath. Still overpriced though.

  3. dukeisduke says:

    It would be worth more if it were an eight-door. Also, it's missing at least one of the doors from the lower shrouds, so what other work does it need?

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