Is this GMC Vandura cooler than the iconic A-Team van?

Lifted trucks and SUVs are insanely awesome. You can drive them just about anywhere and you can even race them in snow or sand. But you know what’s better than a lifted truck or SUV? A lifted van! If it’s a GMC from the 1980s, like the one recently showcased by Yasid Design, it’s even better.

This Lifted, Off-Road GMC Vandura Would Satisfy Every Dream You Had in the 1980s
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If you’re not familiar with the GMC Vandura, it’s a full-size van that General Motors produced from 1971 until 1995. It was part of the third-generation Chevrolet G-series van that GM first introduced in 1964 and discontinued in 1995, when it was replaced by the Chevrolet Express.

The Vandura was sold with a wide variety of engines, including inline-six, V-6, and V-8 units. In the 1980s, Chevrolet also introduced a V-8 diesel.

The GMC Vandura became famous beyond a simple utility vehicle in 1983, when a customized version was featured in "The A-Team," an action TV series about former special forces members that worked as soldiers of fortune while trying to clear their name for a crime they didn’t commit. A 1983 model year version, the A-Team van featured a two-tone, grey-over-black paint job with red stripes and red wheels.

This Lifted, Off-Road GMC Vandura Would Satisfy Every Dream You Had in the 1980s
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The van seen here is also a 1983-model-year version, but it’s completely different. For starters, it rides on big and wide off-road wheels and on a suspension lift that provides massive ground clearance.

It’s fitted with a bullbar and flood lights on the roof. It also features a winch and tow hooks. It’s the kind of van that will make you forget about the Jeep Wrangler on any Moab trail.

Ciprian Florea
Senior Editor and Supercar Expert - ciprian@topspeed.com
Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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