1998 Chevrolet Express Conversion Van is our BaT auction selection

  • This conversion van exudes pure 1990s vibes, with a few tasteful modern upgrades like a flat-screen smart TV.
  • Are there abstract vinyl graphics on the side? You can bet on it!
  • Dive into that part of life before the internet with Bring a Trailer, where the auction without reservation runs until Monday 16.

The converted van cohort might be all about #VanLife these days, but before glorified homelessness flashed in the pan, there was the humble conversion van. Founded on the same premise – to turn a van into something much more livable – these third-party modified vehicles formed the basis of the childhood journeys of many older millennials. Longing for a time when Saturday morning cartoons were good and Comedy Central actually played standup? Here’s your chance to go back.

This van was launched in 1998 as a stock Chevrolet Express Cargo wagon that retails for $24,880 ($45,442 in 2023 dollars). But it made the leap from work vehicle to family-friendly machine courtesy of a Rocky Ridge conversion kit that included a higher roof, a staple that defined the shape of late 20th-century conversion vans.

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Open the passenger-side clamshell doors — Chevrolet didn’t start selling Express vans with a driver’s door up to model year 2003– and you can practically hear Mark Mothersbaughs Rugrats subject through the screen. The 1990s never went away here. Each extremely well padded throne is clad in beige leather. The rug is about the color of ground beef that’s past its sell-by date. The stained wood is, um, alive throughout.

Somehow there are still fewer cup holders in this van than in a Subaru Ascent.

A red Chevrolet Express conversion van, shown from the rear

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There have also been a few tasteful 21st century additions. Whatever tired old CRT was in stock has been swapped out in favor of a Roku-enabled smart TV. Protruding from the dash is an upgraded Alpine head unit with touchscreen capability, while a modern rear camera should make parking this thing a whole lot easier. Which is good, because you’ll have a hard time finding period-correct abstract vinyl graphics once you start scraping the panels.

Perhaps the biggest AV upgrade in this Express is behind the third row, where a wooden cabinet houses not one, but two Sony Xplod subwoofer. If you don’t keep listening to Brandy and Monica’s The Boy Is Mine, you’re not living.

The interior of a Chevrolet Express conversion truck showing a pair of aftermarket subwoofers

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Beneath all the wood, metal and leather is a properly preserved powertrain. The 5.7-liter Vortec V-8 that resides up front has only 24,000 miles on it. While it’s unclear how sensibly the previous owner followed the maintenance schedules, the current owner took the van for some work before listing it for sale and spent about $3100 on a few replacement parts, including one good old freon charging. Mother Nature’s darling.

Even for something as left field as a Chevrolet Express conversion truck, a low mileage example like this isn’t going to be up for a song. As of this writing, there are still six days left for the auction and it’s already up for auction for $10,250, which is expensive for what it is. But perhaps no price is too high to pretend the year 2000 is still something to worry about.

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