We’ve vaguely heard of the Morris J2 and J4 commercial vans, but confess never having seen nor heard of the Dormobile variant. Today’s example is very rough, but complete enough to largely serve as its own template for restoration.
Among oddball European van fans (all six of us), the DKW Schnellaster is fairly well known. What isn’t widely known in the US is that a lot were produced in Spain and the Spanish DKW subsidiary went on to produce a successor. That successor is today’s feature.
We’ve featured our share of van to truck conversions, but haven’t previously encountered one based on the creatively named 1980s “Toyota Van.” This seems like a winning combination of weirdness and reliability.
We’re big fans of the Corvair – especially the less common body types, which means we usually love the Greenbrier van. This one has some unfortunate modifications, but might be salvageable at the right price.
Are you a serious Scooby fan? If so, you need this. Buy it and I’ll give you a scooby snack.
Articles have been written attempting to identify the Mystery Machine’s roots, but, if I recall correctly, the cartoon van had traits from several 60s vans, all, of course, mid-engine. This 1963 Econoline is as good a starting point as any and wears its regalia well. Further, the builder made a few mods to match the show.
This van is, oddly enough, powered by a V6 from a Camaro (generation/year unknown) and is backed by a Chrysler automatic transmission and rear end. The combination is odd, but likely made of reliable, easy-to-work-on parts. It does have AC and power brakes, which we’ll take as good news.
The seller would prefer to keep it, if it wasn’t for his meddling kids growing up.
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Longwood, FL, USA
Photo quality is not great, but the van is.
Front-mounted spare (or faux spare?) looks right.
Rear ensure no excessive visibility.
Keystone wheels to as good a job as any of replicating the flower wheels in the show.
This is the only interior shot, but it appears to indicate that quite a lot was done in the cockpit. The seller indicates that the rear floor is diamond plate and the walls have been paneled. We imagine that means no seats (?)?
Scooby Doo Mystery Machine!
This Mystery Machine started life as a 1963 Ford Econoline. I built it for my kids and have had years of fun with it. They are all older now and it is time to let someone else enjoy this cool vehicle.
It took over 2 years to build and has been completely customized! This is not just a cheap replica. It was done right and look better than any other ‘Mystery Machine’ I have seen.
Here are the highlights:
– A Camaro V6 Engne
– A 700r4 Automatic Transmission
– A Dodge 8 3/4 Rear End
– New Drum Brakes
– Cold Air Products A/C System (with heat)
– Autometer gauges that light up various colors
– New Tires (under 1000 miles)
– Under-floor power brake booster system
– Mega Squirt computer system with custom tune.
– Custom orange and green seats
– Custom painted Scooby Doo interior
– Custom Mystery Machine paint job (no decals)
– Custom center console flows into the original dashboard (all metal)
– Dog paw brake pedal, human foot-shaped gas pedal
– Dogbone floor shifter (B&M shifter)
– Custom fiberglass ‘flower’ tire holder on the front
– Custom steel bumpers (chrome coated)
– Custom Mystery Machine front end (round blinkers, only one headlight per side, etc.)
– Rear floor is diaond plated and all walls have been paneled. Ready for you to customize!
I am open to trades or partial trades.
I will accept cash, cashiers check, PayPal (buyer pays the fees), or a personal check but the vehicle does not leave until that payment clears my bank.
Buyer pays shipping costs or is welcome to pick it up in-person.
Feel free to contact me with questions. 321-xxx-xxxx
We don’t need to add much here – this is a 1990 Vanagon converted into some sort of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party van.
“In addition to this auction I am including a replica Leonardo suit from the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Motion Picture Movie.” (Yes, that’s a motion picture movie)
“All head rests are custom to represent each respective ninja turtle and their weapon of choice.” (I’d be pissed if this was not the case)
Supposedly, the stock 2.1 liter Wasserboxer H4 has recently been rebuilt. This features an automatic transmission; so it’ll be even slower than most.
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Henderson, NV, USA
$15,000 with ZERO bids, reserve not met and five days to go
Yes, there’s this.
This is pretty much the only side view included. We’re not sure how those windows work as far as actual visibility.
Rear view reveals the custom spoiler (useful at the van’s ~80MPH top speed?) and more of the odd window treatment. Maybe Turtles fans will understand the graphics.
Yes, this van has a mouth. Also, the suit is included in the sale!
Front features custom leather and seat belts!
Here’s the rear seat with custom leather and those “interesting” head restraints.
Interior shots here aren’t the best, but you get the idea.
Yes, this has added subwoofers!
This one of a kind 1990 VW Vanagon has been completely overhauled into a life size replica of the 80’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cartoon Party Wagon. In addition to this auction I am including a replica Leonardo suit from the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Motion Picture Movie. The Van itself has been completely gutted and Dynomatted, from there the seats have been custom leather reupholstered to match the turtle body theme in the front seats (with matching seatbelts) as well as black leather with green stitching throughout the entire back of van. All head rests are custom to represent each respective ninja turtle and their weapon of choice. Also includes mini bar, Custom limo remote controlled lighting, Custom center console with light up bottle of Ooze and tv screen, head rest DVD screens and flip out DVD/CD/MP3 head unit/ Rear view backup camera, 2 10inch subwoofers and amp stealthy installed under reclining rear seating… all hooked up to a brand new additional auxilary battery for show purpose. The van was custom wrapped to match the Cartoon version as well as front grill swapped out to round LED headlights via older model VW Vanagon grills. Custom welded wing/spoiler attached to the roof as well as powder coated wheels (with spacers for more aggressive toy look) and limo tint throughout. This is thee ultimate party bus and every ninja turtles fans Dream vehicle!!!!! Thee 2.1 Water cooled engine has just recently been completely rebuilt, AC recharged, 2 brand new duralast batteries installed, new fans, belts, new radiator, new distributor, new master Air Flow censor, valve cover gaskets, spark plugs, cap rotor distributor, new seal gaskets, Full tuneup and oil change with too many upgrades to list.. totaling over $7k in engine work and tuneups…. this van is ready to roll with all receipts and descriptions of work done from reputable Volkswagen certified Shop and custom modification car shops in Las Vegas, Nevada. Any Questions Please feel free to ask. I have many pics and receipts for most all work done. Own this one of a kind Ninja Turtles piece of memorabilia and be the center of attention wherever you go. SELLER will be responsible for shipping and deposit within 48 hours of end of bid via paypal, with final payment to be discussed at close of auction. If you will be in the Las Vegas area I will be more than happy to go over all modifications with you in person and show you what this project has entailed. This has been my hobby and project and would love to see it go to a great home… just in time for Coachella, Burning man, music festivals, Comic con, Cosplay, marketing, business ventures, camping, charity events, parades etc. Video available on Facebook.com/LVTMNT . Happy bidding and Cowabunga!!!!
Well, it’s free if you never want to register it. Should you choose to do so in California, you’ll owe $665 in back registration fees. Still, this looks like a parts van to us, but some ambitious individual might try to finish it as a truck…
“Pull the transaxle for me and you can take the whole thing for parts or make a truck out of it.”
And, only in the final line is the van’s current state mentioned:
“And the back has been cut to start a truck conversion.”
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San Diego, CA, USA
Someone with a project van might find plenty of good, used parts here, but don’t expect like-new condition.
It looks like someone tried to separate the “cab” from the “bed” – possibly with canvas. We’re not sure whether that sliding door still slides.
Front end just shows a tired, faded Vanagon in need of love.
And…here’s more of the handiwork. We’re not sure how (or whether) the “converter” intended to finish it out, but it does look like hinges were welded onto what’s left of the hatch to make it swing open.
Free 1983 VW Vanagon
Pull the transaxle for me and you can take the whole thing for parts or make a truck out of it.
I just need the transaxle.
It doesn’t have any paperwork.
It owes $665 in back registration as of last week.
And the back has been cut to start a truck conversion.
The Stutz Pak-Age-Car was a delivery truck meant to be driven from a standing position. Various sellers, including this one, claim very low remaining units. We know we’ve never seen – nor featured – one.
This cool little van has a mid-mounted Hercules four cylinder with a rear radiator. The upside is the whole unit slides out for easy service. The downside is this van doesn’t have all that much cargo capacity. That won’t matter for a 2010s owner, though, as this little curiosity will end up a slow cruiser and/or display piece.
The seller claims this example runs and drives and that all wood is new. Note that the roof is currently open – something one might want to rectify before any all-weather use or outdoor storage.
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North Las Vegas, NV, USA
$12,500 BIN with offers considered and 6.5 days to go
The doors are not original, but we imagine this van came equipped with something similar. We love the two-tone tan/brown and we’d love to see correct hubcaps.
Profile is pretty much a typical van box, but the cab-forward nature is obvious.
Here’s where things get really interesting. The radiator occupies the lower center of the rear, complete with accessible cap. The lower rear and side panels unbolt to allow the complete engine and transaxle assembly to slide out.
As we mentioned, this isn’t the most spacious van, given the shelf created by the mid-engine layout.
However, there is, oddly, some storage space in front!
Here’s a look at the rear from the inside. Is that a fuel gauge?
Stutz ID plate is still in place!
1931 Stutz Pak-age-car this is a very rare small stand and drive delivery van 1 of only about 6 known left in existence and a part of american automotive history. This little van has a 4 cylinder Hercules engine mounted in the rear to a transaxle with 4 wheel independent suspension. I have left the roof open there are a lot of ways to finish it witch I will leave up to the next owner. This van runs and drives. The 2 side doors are not originel but just about everything else is and I installed all new wood. This little van would be great for advertisment. Clear NV title. You can google Stutz Pak-age-car for more info on this little van that is were I got most of what i know about it. trade possible for the rite hot rod, street rod or other classic car or truck. Any questions call Jeff #702-xxx-xxx Las Vegas NV
Once upon a time, a Subaru 360-based Sambar van was sold in the US market. This is the fifth generation, which was produced from 1990 to 1998 and was never sold here. The VW appearance it cute and all, but we’d prefer this just be a proud Subie. Surely nothing has been done that can’t be undone.
Although this is for sale in Canada, the seller claims it’s the rear-wheel drive version, not the all-wheel drive. So, it might be happier moving south. although we imagine the engine sits atop the drive wheels and makes this acceptable in slippery conditions.
The biggest downside here is the automatic trans; but this was never going to be a track car, anyway. We’d love to take this for a spin, what with the tiny, supercharged four cylinder and small overall package. This uses Subaru’s period Kei Car engine, but is not technically a Kei Car itself, presumably because of size and/or mass. Anyway, this is a cool little find and we wonder whether the reserve is more realistic than the buy-it-now price.
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Pickering, Ontario, Canada, Eh
$1,005 dollarettes with 13 bids, reserve not met, $13,985 BIN and two days to go
VW badge and paint scheme are clearly not original. We’d like to return it to Subaru glory (and that’s coming from a Vanagon owner).
Profile is about as compact and boxy as anything out there. Yes, that’s a glass roof, too!
Rear wiper and exposed exhaust tip are nice touches.
Yep, it’s officially cute.
Here’s the unfortunate automatic shifter and odd aftermarket wheel. We hope the flag comes with.
Seating for four -maybe five really skinny people?
And, yes, there’s cargo room behind the second row.
IS this a panoramic roof way ahead of its time, or a vista cruise roof way behind?
This unique eye catching RHD Subaru Sambar Dias is one you don’t want to miss. Featuring the VW front end conversion and a beautiful two tone paint scheme, this Dias is perfect for any collector or enthusiast.
Very fun to drive with it’s SuperCharger, plus lots of cargo space in a relatively small package if looking to use it as a right hand drive postal vehicle.
Great visibility with so many large windows makes backing into tight spaces a breeze!
Eligible for export to the USA.
Millage is in miles converted from KMs on the dash. In Kilometers It is approximately 94000.
Seller Notes: “Looks and runs great.”
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): KV3023410
Drive Type: RWD
Sub Model: Supercharged
Trim: 4 door
Exterior Color: white and yellow
Engine: 4 Cylinder, 660cc SuperCharged! ( KW / BHP )
Interior Color: grey