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author photo by Doug DeMuro February 2018

You're looking at a 1985 GMC van … truck … thing. Whatever it is, it's offered by a private seller in Tucson for $11,000 -- that much we know. The rest is a bit less obvious.

Here's what I've gathered. This is a 1985 GMC that started life as a full-size, heavy-duty cargo van (or passenger van). At some point, apparently in 1986, everything behind the driver's seat was ripped out by a company called National Motor Coach. This company mounted the van's front end on the frame of a GMC dually pickup truck, tacked on the bed from said truck, and added an extra-wide sleeper cabin behind the front seats.

The result is that this is a van (based on the front third), a place to sleep (the next third), and a hauler -- and the seller has several photos in the listing of this van hauling a motorcycle, and with ramps down so you can drive something into the bed. The seller also notes this van-truck is "set up to haul a motorcycle or a quad and to get gone and STAY gone for as long as desired." The seller also mentions he bought the van-truck in a neglected state in 2006 and performed extensive repairs to get it running properly -- and I must say, it's pretty nice. It looks like it's in good shape, the interior looks great, and the exterior doesn't look too worn.

Unfortunately, the mileage of the van-truck is unknown; the seller says he got it with 50,000 miles, but he's listed it with about 15,000, and the Carfax report suggests it had already covered 100,000 miles by 1999. Regardless of the actual mileage, though, this is a cool opportunity to own a vehicle that can carry out several different tasks all in one -- and if you've ever wanted to haul around your quad without a trailer and sleep in the back of your van, you can't tell me there are many more options besides this.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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