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(1977)

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Despite the song "Chevy Van" by Sammy Johns appearing throughout the soundtrack of the film, the titular "Van" is a 1977 Dodge B200 Tradesman van (which was prepared for the film by the legendary motion picture car customizer George Barris). The van, purchased at Claude Short Dodge in Santa Monica, California, is the extended version of the B200 Dodge, featuring a 360 cubic inch "small block" Chrysler V8 engine, automatic transmission, and air conditioning. The customization includes a four-foot circular window on the driver's side, a water bed, mirrored ceiling, carpeted and padded walls, drink rack, refrigerator, a TV, a table with a built-in toaster, captain's chairs, and a CB radio and 8-track tape player. Two vans were built for the film. The primary van, which was used for all running shots and interior shots, featured all the customizations listed above. The stunt van (a 1972 Dodge cargo van dressed to look like the primary 1977 Dodge van), was used for the drag racing scenes, and did not feature a full interior.
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Despite having a prominent co-starring billing, Danny DeVito is in this movie for seven minutes in a total of six scenes.
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In 1979, Zylmex released a collection of toy "Super Vans" that included the "Straight Arrow" and "Van Killer" from this movie.
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