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Rare Rides: An All-wheel Drive Chevrolet Astro RV From 1991

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The Rare Rides collection has touched on leisure automobiles twice up to now, when it featured a BMW-powered Vixen, and the customized fiberglass hodgepodge which was the MSV.

Immediately’s RV is smaller than both of these, however it might additionally match into regular parking areas. It’s the 1991 Provan Tiger GT.

Earlier than this Rare Journey had a toilet on board, it was a Chevrolet Astro van. The Astro and its twin the GMC Safari have been produced for 20 years. The vans debuted for the 1985 mannequin yr, and remained comparatively unchanged till the final one rolled of the road at Baltimore Meeting (through the plant’s closure) in 2005. The Astro was the primary minivan from Basic Motors, and was launched in response to Chrysler’s wildly profitable minivans.

GM used the S-10 truck platform for his or her vans, in distinction to the entrance-drive car foundation of Chrysler’s choices. The Astro was initially obtainable in standard wheelbase solely, in cargo and passenger variations. Seating totals ranged between two and eight. All-wheel drive turned an choice in 1990, and coincided with an extended-size model which rode on the identical wheelbase. Energy was offered by the unlucky Iron Duke (ninety eight hp), or extra highly effective four.three-liter V6 (165hp). A guide transmission was obtainable by means of 1989; after that, a 4-velocity automated was the one choice. A visible refresh and a few updates in 1995 carried the Astro by way of to the bitter finish. Let’s speak RVs.

Provan produces a line of leisure automobiles underneath the Tiger identify, and continues doing enterprise in the present day. Retrofitting trucks in Columbia, South Carolina, Provan offers solely in home one-ton trucks. They’ll construct your truck into an RV to fit your necessities, as long as it’s American-branded and one-ton.

At this time’s Tiger GT has one giant room on the again, and features a convertible mattress which can sleep as many because the proprietor cares to stack. Meals could be ready by way of the propane-fueled range, and eaten on the fold-away eating desk. All Provans (then and now) come outfitted with a full rest room, this one particularly lined with fake wooden paneling.

All the additional dwelling quarters add fairly a little bit of weight to the Astro. Luckily, this one has the four.three-liter engine, which the vendor estimates will internet 20 miles per gallon (no approach). Entrance airbags are additionally indicated, so maybe consideration to element isn’t a precedence right here. One factor’s for positive: It’s very clear. Different guarantees included a one-proprietor historical past, and 15,000 low miles. This van’s for sale on eBay for a simple $22,999. Journey awaits!

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