You just never know what you might spot driving down the road! Maybe it will be a hoard of classics left to a field or a pristine survivor peeking out of a garage. Well today, we spotted this interesting little International Metro Van simply driving down the street near our office. It wasn’t just parked alongside the road, but was actually out battling modern day traffic. We pulled up next to it and were blown away by just how cool this thing is, so we followed it back to the owner’s place of business. We asked him if we could take a look at it and snap some photos, soon he was showing us around it sharing its story!
As he was showing us some of the various details he told us how he found this Van parked out in a field back in the early ’80s. The owner told him it was just a hunk of junk and that it wouldn’t run, but if he wanted it he could have it for $75! A friend that actually new the previous owner and the van told him all it needed was a carburetor, new tires and some new gas. So he paid the owner $75, towed it home and installed a new carb. It fired right up and he’s been driving it ever since!
And boy does this little thing move. It’s no speed demon, but it kept up with traffic just fine and has been all over the country. He’s taken it to Woodstock, up and down the Pacific Coast and it proudly wears stickers from a trip to Sturgis, South Dakota not too many years ago. It was quite amazing to see it coming down the road, you just don’t ever see these on the road anymore. The looks and the fact that it’s still going down the road makes it all that more amazing!
As we talked to the owner, we got a sense that he really is fond of these vans and the history behind them. He has a lot of his own history with this one and you could tell he was proud that he’s kept it going. It was a pleasure to talk to him, he even thanked us for taking enough interest in it to stop and talk, but what was truly amazing to me was the fact that he’s been able to keep this field find on the road. I guess it just goes to show, with a little work you can get just about any find back on the road!