General Motors turned out a fair number of Chevrolet and GMC vans in the 1960s to compete with Ford's Econoline and Dodge's A100. They followed the same formula: forward-control design with the engine located under or between the front passengers, rear-wheel-drive usually, and two wheelbase lengths. A cargo or passenger variant was always available. But I don't think the factory ever turned out anything like this.
I believe this truck started life as a 1968-1970 cargo van with blank sides, possibly a G-20, but has since transcended that form into a cabover truck with a sort of sleeper cab. I have no idea what kind of chassis underpins it, or what powertrain, but the eight-lug wheels look pretty heavy-duty. It all looks tough, though I question a vehicle that appears as though it should have a fifth-wheel hookup for hauling big trailers, yet only has a standard trailer hitch in back. Much of the front end is covered in black duct tape, including a row of vents that should exist on the van's cowl beneath the windshield. Perhaps the strangest addition is a massive sliding glass window at the back of the cab that would look more at home on a house than a motor vehicle.
There may be some creative genius at work here, or some crazy drugs. I'm not sure which. The end result is definitely something unique.
California Streets is a blog that celebrates the history of the automobile in California. We feature old, interesting and often rare cars and trucks found parked on public streets and roads around the state of California.
I'm a delivery driver by trade, but I'm also a freelance artist and hobby photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area with a healthy interest in cars. I love finding and documenting fascinating old vehicles wherever I go.