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