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1976 Ford Van

1975 Ford Econoline

In the early Seventies, after low-lead gas and rising insurance costs put the kibosh on the original muscle-car era, a number of car lovers turned their creative attention to vans. While the early adopters of the era did most of the custom work on their vans themselves, it wasn’t long before automakers realized they could sell “custom” vans right from the factory.

The “cruising van” era lasted for most of the Seventies, but seems to have climaxed right around 1976. Shared here are five classic ads from that time. If you owned a custom van of some sort, tell us about it—if you have pictures, all the better.

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Dodge

1976 Dodge Van Ad

1976 Dodge Street Van

Woodie Madness! 5 Classic Car Ads Featuring Wood-Sided Rides

 

1976 Dodge Tradesman

1976 Dodge Tradesman

Family Madness! 6 Classic Car Ads Featuring The Entire Clan

Ford

1976 Ford Van Ad

1975 Ford Econoline

Christmas Madness! 6 Classic Car Ads With A Holiday Theme

 

1976 Ford Econoline

1976 Ford Econoline

Longroof Madness! 13 Classic Ads Featuring Station Wagons

 

GMC

1976 GMC Van Ad

1976 GMC Vandura

MPG Madness! 10 Classic Ads Touting Fuel Economy

 

 

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