The ex-Barris Star Car Collection 1987 Chevrolet G20 A Team Custom Van Registration no. E159 KHK Chassis no. 1GCE625K8J7115753 Engine no. G789995
Formerly forming part of the Barris Star Car Collection in Hollywood, California, this Chevrolet G20 Van is believed to have been supplied unregistered directly to Universal Studios during the last year of production of The A-Team television show. An all-action adventure series first screened during the 1980s, The A-Team starred George Peppard as Colonel John Hannibal Smith and Mr T as Sergeant Bosco B A Baracus, and was a major hit on both sides of the Atlantic. This van was designed and built by George Barris, well known builder of custom cars whose credits include The Beverly Hillbillies, The Munsters, Batman, The Dukes of Hazard and Knight Rider on television, plus movies Ghost Busters, The Love Bug and Jurassic Park. George Barris was born in Chicago in the mid-1920s and in 1928 moved with his older brother Sam to Roseville, California where the pair built their first Barris Brothers custom car - a 1925 Buick - before WW2. In the 1950s, by which time the brothers had relocated to Los Angeles, George Barris formed Kustoms of Los Angeles which later became Kustoms of America. The movie studios had taken note of Georges kustoms and came to him for cars for films, one of the first being High School Confidential (1958). The vendor advises us that this van has been fully rebuilt mechanically and incorporates a new, crate fresh 350cu in (5.7-litre) engine. Its rust-free California body boasts show-quality paintwork featuring eye-catching A-Team logos on the sides and rear. George Barris badges of authenticity adorn both front wings, while the dashboard is signed by George and carries a Star Car logo. The correct interior features four captains chairs. A secondary deep-cell battery powers the sound systems 350-watt Kenwood amplifier in the rear and dash-mounted CD player. A bass bin is fitted beneath the rear seats to really blow the doors off; while rebuilt air conditioning helps keep the occupants cool. Original Barris-built vehicles are extremely rare and in demand by collectors. Restored over the past five years, this A-Team van represents a rare opportunity for a UK collector to acquire an original George Barris Kustom vehicle without the headache of importing and registering it in this country. It is offered with current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5.