The first custom van that
I ever saw way back in 1971 was the George Barris built Supervan
a.k.a Love Machine.
Somehow finding the history of this van is quite an ordeal. It
was built "in the late 60's" out of a 1969 A108 (according
to a 1971 magazine but it shows a 1966 A108 everywhere else.
It was sold at Barrett Jackson in 2016, but no one has ever admitted
to buying it. It currently resides in a great collection of custom
vehicles in California. I'm going to be trying to get a full
timeline together on Supervan this year as part of the history
of vanning. I have reached out to the right people, just waiting
for a reply. If you want to contribute anything. Please contact
Two big moments in my history
with the Supervan. In 2004 we were very fortunate to have the
Supervan at Vanfest 2004. This was shortly after the extensive
restoration done by the Guild of Automotive Restorers. Then in
2013 the stars aligned at the Fleetwood Country Cruize-In. George
was one of the frequent celebrity guests at the event, but the
Supervan had never been there. We stopped in there after a busy
weekend at Vanfest and were rewarded with this very rare happening.
What a great moment in time to have George pose in front of the
van with me. I had him sign this image which appeared on the
back of the 2014 calendar.