Some folks take their cars very seriously. And that’s fine, but sometimes you gotta lighten up a little and have some fun, which is exactly what this wild LSX-powered 1990 Chevy Van is all about.
Dubbed the “Shaggin’ Wagon,” this 1990 Chevy Van was built by Dennis McCarthy, the same brain behind the cars of the Fast and Furious franchise, among other movie vehicles. Right from the off, it’s clear there’s something weird and wild about this Chevy Van. The exterior is covered in white paint complemented by gold and red stripes, with a floral pattern set into the gold, and a looping white stripe in the red. Sixteen-inch American Racing wheels in a classic five-spoke design fill the corners, wrapped in tires staggered at 245 in front and 275 in the rear.
The exterior will definitely get you noticed, but the interior is on a whole other level. Open the door, and you’re met with an insane orange and white combo that mates orange shag carpet on the floors and roll cage with white upholstery for the seats, roof, and sides. A quartet of Sparco racing bucket seats with racing harnesses keep passengers in place, while a pair of coolers were installed in the rear for your beverage of choice. The interior also features an upgraded stereo, a Holley digital dash, and diamond-shaped port windows in the rear.
The cherry on top has to be the powertrain. Under the hood, this Chevy Van is running a 454 LSX V8 engine, which includes a reworked fueling system highlighted by Holley Sniper EFI and Holley injectors. Output is a claimed 700 horsepower, which is nothing short of ridiculous in a vehicle like this. It’s also kind of incredible to see the LSX crammed into the nose of the Chevy Van.
Output is sent to the rear wheels through a built Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission and 12-bolt rear end with posi. Wilwood disc brakes help to slow it down. Interestingly, the suspension is relatively stock, although the front end was recently rebuilt.
Pretty wild. Check out the full feature on this 1990 Chevy Van and what it’s like to drive in the video below: