No list of fa­mous LCVS is com­plete with­out the ar­che­typ­i­cal work­horse, so here are our top five fa­mous vans.

New Zealand LCV - - FEATURE - Com­piled by: Dean Evans

5 BACK TO THE FU­TURE VW BUS

The Delorean may have stolen cen­tre stage, but let’s not for­get the Volk­swa­gen Type 2 Kombi bus that the Libyans used, along with an AK-47 as­sault ri­fle, to seek re­venge on Doc Brown for pay­ing for their plu­to­nium with a shoddy bomb cas­ing full of used pin­ball ma­chine parts.

4 MUTTS CUTTS, DUMB & DUM­BER

An iconic part of Lloyd and Harry’s dog-groom­ing busi­ness in 1994’s Dumb & Dum­ber, the Mutts Cutts van needed to lift its leg to re­fuel, but was just as fa­mous for its jump­ing abil­ity… the land­ing, not so much. Lloyd in­ex­pli­ca­bly (but un­sur­pris­ingly) sold the van for a mini bike to ride to the snow, though the pair were re­united with the Mutts Cutts van in the 2014 se­quel Dumb & Dum­ber

3 SCOOBY-DOO MYS­TERY MA­CHINE

The Scooby-doo car­toon started in 1969, and fea­tured the Mys­tery Ma­chine, the main trans­port for Mys­tery Inc. A non-de­fined brand or model, the van is stylised from the 1960s and looks like a Ford Taunus Tran­sit, though it’s changed its look over the years, with an un­canny abil­ity to adapt to dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions.

2 A-TEAM VAN

As much a char­ac­ter of the show as the four main pro­tag­o­nists, the 1980s A-team drove the iconic black and metal­lic grey GMC Van­dura van, with its char­ac­ter­is­tic red stripe back to the rooftop spoiler, and tur­bine mag wheels. Fa­mous only for its look, six vans used through­out film­ing had slightly dif­fer­ing equip­ment (sun­roof), of­ten cre­at­ing con­ti­nu­ity er­rors, while the van’s iconic look was re­vived in the 2010 A-team movie.

1 RE­NAULT ES­PACE F1 FORD SUPERVAN

A tie for top spot, be­tween the Ford Supervan and Re­nault Es­pace F1. Ford cre­ated three evo­lu­tions of the Supervan, a 1971 Tran­sit with a mid-en­gined GT40 400hp V8. In 1984, Supervan 2 was a fi­bre­glass replica of a Mark 2 Tran­sit, us­ing a Ford Group C rac­ing chas­sis and 4.0-litre Cos­worth V8. In 1994, Supervan 3 ran a 3.5-litre For­mula 1 Cos­worth V8 pro­duc­ing 650hp and good for 278km/h. A 2004 re­furb tamed the beast with a 3.0-litre V6 and iconic Ford Mo­tor­sport liv­ery. Re­nault’s 1995 Es­pace F1 ran a mi­dengined 800hp Re­nault V10, from a 1993 Williams F1 car; 0-100km/h in 2.8 sec­onds, 312km/h top speed and four seats.

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