While making the rounds in your camper van, do you daydream of evading law enforcement, your vehicle absorbing gunshot after gunshot as you swerve through urban streets? When a highway billboard obstructs an imaginary shortcut, do you envision punching the throttle? Do 50-foot gaps seem doable in a van?
If so, we’ve got just the auction for you, you crazy fool. That’s right — an officially-licensed 1979 A-Team Chevrolet Van is on the block at Worldwide Auctioneers with no reserve. So lock and load, 80’s action fans: we’re going rogue.
“Hang on, everybody! I wanna try something I saw in a cartoon once.”* – The A-Team Van is Outfitted for Success
The A-Team’s quintessential GMC van is widely renowned for its wicked cool aesthetic and rugged onscreen performance throughout five seasons of white-knuckle TV. The combat-equipped vehicle held its own against a perpetual onslaught of extreme challenges. A vigilante crew led by Sergeant “B.A.” Baracus (famously played by Mr. T) piloted it through skirmish after skirmish. Drug lords routinely pumped the van full of hot lead, and the A-Team brutally crumpled it in high-speed chases. But the heroic vehicle persevered, its menacing gunmetal, black, and red paint job smoldering.
The van up for auction is the spitting image of “B.A.” Baracus’ famed rig, from the unequivocally cool red spoiler to the jet-black grill guard and painted alloy rims. In diligent service to accuracy, outfitters swapped all badging from Chevrolet to GMC.
The combat-ready interior is laser-accurate too. Two-way radios mount to the overhead control panel, four individual bucket seats accommodate each ex-military team member, and simulated weapons are stashed in prominent and strategic positions. Finally, a (simulated) .50-cal machine gun is can-mounted in the rear cargo area — ready for the most hair-raising action sequences Hollywood can throw at you.
“I would never tell him this, but they are the best at what they do, and they specialize in the ridiculous.”* – Specifications
Let’s take a quick set break so we can analyze the vehicle itself. This 1979 A-Team Chevrolet Van is a promotional replica of the GMC Vandura featured on TV. It’s one of six vehicles Universal Studios licensed to promote The A-Team during the show’s heyday in the 1980s.
What does that mean? It means Universal garage-stabled, meticulously cleaned, and generally babied the A-Team Van since they bought it. All mechanical systems are reported working at just over 90,000 miles. And Worldwide Auctioneers reports the small-block V8 has plenty of power.
Never seen combat? Wait ‘til you get behind the wheel.
“I love it when a plan comes together.”* – The Bidding War
Imagine power-sliding to a stop in a black-and-red blur at the campsite on your next van life adventure. Your spoiler glints in the sun, momentarily blinding onlookers, as your tires spray a curtain of gravel into lesser vehicles nearby. If you emerge from the driver’s seat racking a simulated Uzi (with no violent intentions, of course), righteously satisfied with your leading role in the battle of good versus evil as seen on mid-’80s TV, then navigate to Worldwide Auctioneers’ website immediately.
The 1979 Chevrolet A-Team Van goes on the block with no reserve in Auburn, Indiana, on January 23, 2021. Can’t make it to the live event in your current camper van? No worries. Click “Register to Bid” on the vehicle’s main page to learn more about absentee, phone, and online bidding. And bid with a sense of urgency, you crazy fool — your mission depends on it.
* – All quotes pulled from dialogue in The A-Team.