Rare 1968 Ultra Van Motorhome For Sale Is Truly A Corvair At Heart
At a glance, it’s hard to believe that this egg-shaped motorhome is actually 53 years old. It’s a 1968 Ultra Van, and for the record, it’s not some weird version of the infamous Chevrolet Corvair stretched in a motorhome. There’s a Corvair powertrain at the rear, however, and we’re forced to admit there’s an odd resemblance to the Corvair in its form. And if you want to own a cool piece of motorhome history, this particular model is for sale.
This is remarkable, because only 376 Ultra Vans would have been built until 1970 and they are quite special. Technically speaking, it has a unibody structure that is reminiscent of what one would find in a modern supercar. According to Ultra Van Motor Coach Club website, the construction is more like an airplane with aluminum ribs and a combination of aluminum and fiberglass for the body. There is no separate chassis underneath; it relies on fully independent front and rear suspension, and power comes from the same 140-horsepower (104-kilowatt) flat-six engine used in the Corvair. It also drives the rear wheels via the same automatic transaxle.
This Ultra Van is identified under the number 358, according to its auction listing at Clasiq and a listing on Craigslist. According to the listings, it shows 56,512 miles and it’s not entirely original. A repaint is mentioned and the headlights have been upgraded from the original round lenses to the square lights we see here. The wheels are 15 inches taken from a 1980 Chevrolet Corvette, and it would perform well. The interior is original and very 1960s in nature with an abundance of wood and undertones of brown. It only has modest features – a three-burner stove and sink with a folding table, a full bathroom, and a bed in the back.
The Craiglist ad has an asking price of $ 17,000. The Ultra Van is also listed as an active auction at Clasiq, with five days from this item’s publication on December 23. The current offer price is $ 7,500 and it has a reserve. For something as rare and quirky as this, this seems like a great opportunity for someone looking for a van life experience of a decidedly different nature.
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