The Chevrolet Van was one of several vans made by General Motors for North America. The term “Chevrolet van” also refers to the entire series of vans sold by Chevrolet. The first Chevrolet van was released in 1961 on the Corvair platform, and the latest Chevrolet van in production is the Chevrolet Express.
The Chevy Greenbrier van was brought on line in the early 60′s and used a flat 6 opposed rear engine with air cooling.
The first forward engine design was the 1971 ChevyVan/Vandura.The Handivan was the original classic flat windshield van. It included as options a four and six cylinder inline engine. It had a boxy design which was perfect for hauling cargo. The base model for this was the Handivan and came with or without windows and had side doors in the rear. Consistent with its original design to be a cargo van, even the heater and front passenger seats came as options.
An all new body style was introduced the next year and this was continued through 1995. Small changes were made and interior components were updated. It was also manufactured under the name GMC Rally but the essential components of the vehicle remained the same.
By 1986 Chevrolet had may all the engine fuel injected a was upgraded to a 4.3 liter V6. Chevrolet also made the Sportvan available with a diesel engine.
By 1995, its last year of production the Sportvan had all the features of a full conversion van but the rearseats were left out, keeping with the original design premise of work/utility vehicle.