Like a lot of my “Gen-Y” peers, the 1970s and early 1980s sound to me like a very cool time, although, but one of the era’s trends which remains far from desirable was the custom van. This ad for Ford’s 1979 van line-up shows just how out of hand the fad had gotten, with three different vans pictured with optional factory port holes and no mention of the 460 engine, still optional in these hulks.
I understand that the choked up, de-smogged engines of the day meant having a van, a machine mostly concerned with torque, seemed like less of a compromise since there were plenty of cubic inches available, but these will never escape the air of lewdness associated with them. If we fast forward from 1976 to 1981, this is what Matthew McConaughey’s character from Dazed and Confused would be driving. Keep your daughters away; actually, keep yourself away.