Wild Shag Carpet: 1974 Dodge Sportsman Van

Josh MortensenBy Josh Mortensen

The first photo of this Dodge camper van is a bit deceiving, as this van has considerable rust issues, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s awesome! I guarantee no manufacturer would build a van like this today. The engine is more or less in the van with you, there’s minimal safety equipment, oh and there’s shag carpet everywhere. There’s so much crazy looking shag carpet in this thing, although it’s possible it was added by a previous owner. This Sportsman is said to run and drive well, with most of the major issues having already been sorted. You really should have a closer look at it here on eBay in Boulder, Colorado with a rather hopeful opening price of $4,950. The interior really is quite the sight to behold! Special thanks to Matt W for this tip.

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  1. Bbuz

    Shagariiffick!

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  2. boxdin

    5 grand is about twice what similar vans go for.

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  3. sparkster

    $1500 in California for this van , rust extra

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  4. Alfie

    The shag is an add-on.

    From the looks of it, it’s missing the removable table that went between the pair of benches.

    Vannin’ is hot in California, and $1500 for a 70s dodge there? Yeah, right. Look again!

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    • LAB3

      Probably done at a custom shop, they seemed to be on every corner back in the day.

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  5. LAB3

    Who’s complaining about rust? Heck, those of us in the northern states who deal with salt have seen a truck look like this in 76! If someone could honestly point me towards a cargo van (no windows) of this vintage and in this good a condition for $1500 a road trip could easily be planned in my immediate future.

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  6. JCW Jr. Member

    Typical 70’s van.

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  7. Superdessucke

    When we were kids I had a weird obsession with these vans. They made them in small, medium, and large. I always take notice when one would drive by and crane my neck to see what size it was.

    This one’s a small, which is very rare to see with windows. Most people looking for a passenger van bought the medium or large (Maxivan). The smalls were usually limited to utility status or custom vans.

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    • boxdin

      Actually this is a short one. The medium one would have another smaller window behind the driver & pass seats. The extra 18″ was added in front of the side cargo doors until the redo in 1978 when that changed.

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      • Superdessucke

        Yeah, i caught my own error and edited it, LOL! I am just not used to seeing the small with side windows so I jumped the gun. Most smalls I saw back in the day were cargo vans without side windows.

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    • RichS

      Remember the widened versions of these? I actually saw one (albeit an early 80’s model) driving around Sacramento recently

      http://jalopnik.com/for-5-900-does-this-ambulance-make-my-ass-look-big-514307715

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      • boxdin

        It was called; “The Wide One”. Google that and you’ll see tons of them. After they were made the state of CA ruled them too wide and not for use in CA !! They are still used in Mexico a lot.

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  8. boxdin

    like this

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    • Superdessucke

      Yes!

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  9. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Yikes!

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