LIMA — The first Chevy G10 van was produced from 1964 through 1966. General Motors saw a market for a compact van based on a modified car platform to compete with the successful Ford Econoline and Dodge A100. It was a low cost, enclosed delivery vehicle that could carry cargo. The versatile van could be used for a wide range of different jobs. In addition, Chevy offered, for an additional charge, special racks, bins and storage compartments to aid in specializing this work van. For instance, plumbers could buy bins and racks to fit their equipment, as well as carpet layers, HVAC men, etc. It was definitely a working man’s work vehicle.
Lowell Bradshaw, of Lima, brought his 1966 Chevrolet G10 Van to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for two years. It was originally the catering van for Bert & Bernies Black Angus Restaurant. The former owners had a steer mounted on the top. Bradshaw doesn’t have the steer on top, but does say his best memory of the van so far, is restoring it with the help of his young grandsons.