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George Barris SuperVan Cruises to Auction

SperVan movie poster

One of George Barris‘ bigger custom projects is going up for auction, the mighty SuperVan. If you don’t remember the 1977 movie “SuperVan,” that’s okay… it was a largely forgettable film, starring nobody you remember. But the van itself… now that’s another story.

George Barris SuperVan

Barris started with a Dodge A-100 Tradesman van and made a few modifications… And by a few, we mean a lot. An entirely new body was crafted with giant, panoramic windows (including an opening windshield), solar panels and a huge ramp side door to give riders access to the interior. The folks at Dodge thought it was neat, but didn’t do much with it, and after a bit of time on the show circuit, it sort of vanished.

Then in 1977, director Lamar Card set out to make the ultimate disco vansploitation film and got ahold of it for his movie. (To be fair, he was also the executive producer of “Heart Like a Wheel,” a pretty good biopic about a really good drag racer, Shirley Muldowney… but we digress.) Anyway, the entire interior was done in red crushed velvet, starring a rotating bed with a disco ball, and a new, wild paint scheme was added.

SuperVan Back to the Future II 2 Biff

The van would appear in several other movies, including a cameo in “Back To The Future II” as a city bus (above). At least that was a pretty good movie. You can follow the auction at Barett-Jackson Auctions January 23-31, 2016. The photo below shows how it looks today.

SuperVan disco ball Dodge A-100

hobbyDB to document Liska, Tanahara (and every other Legendary Automotive Artist)

What do automotive illustrator Hans Liska and customizer Luis Tanahara have in common (besides creating amazing art involving automobiles)?

Both designers are started to be archived here at hobbyDB:

MercedeseBenz Advertisement Illustrated by Hans Lisker

Mercedes-Benz Advertisement Illustrated by Hans Liska

  • Hans Liska (1907-83) was an Austrian-born painter whose oeuvre spanned themes from WW II to ads for Mercedes-Benz to flamenco to cities and landscapes. He worked as an illustrator for many national and international companies such as DEGUSSA, Ford, Märklin, Mercedes, Quelle and others. His work is documented here.
Mooneyes Custom Sledster Tractor Trailer Rig by Luis Tanahara

Mooneyes Custom Sledster Tractor Trailer Rig by Luis Tanahara

  • Luis Tanahara has worked for Boyd Coddington Garage, Hot Wheels, Jada and other diecast brands. He is perhaps best known for his sleek Sledster and other heavy duty hot rod truck designs. You can see his work here. You can contribute the museum as well…  Have a model of one of our cars we haven’t listed? Score some sweet promotional gear at a car show? Make your mark and add it to the catalog!

Boyd Coddington Custom Car Online Museum now open on hobbyDB 

Our online catalog of collectibles is now the official online home of the Boyd Coddington Custom Car Museum. We are working directly with Boyd Coddington Jr. to create a comprehensive showing of his vehicles as well as the models and other collectibles based on them.

Boyd Coddington's CadZZila on hobbyDB

Week 1: CadZZila custom coupe

Week 2: The sleek, elegant, CheZoom

Week 2: The sleek, elegant, CheZoom

We’ll add to the collection every couple of weeks, so check in often! You’ll find the first few cars listed already and their related collectibles on our portal page.

And you can contribute the museum as well…  Have a model of one of our cars we haven’t listed? Score some sweet promotional gear at a car show? Catch any amazing photos of his rides in action? Make your mark and add it to the catalog!