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Autotrader Find: 1988 Chevy Astro Mobile Sound System

This is a 1988 Chevrolet Astro, and it’s loud. It’s not loud based on its engine performance or its exhaust note, but rather what’s inside: it’s a mobile sound system, and it’s filled with speakers. Endless speakers. And other sound equipment. I don’t know much about stereo stuff, but what I can tell you is this van has had all of its rear seats removed in place of stereo equipment, which means it’s probably rather loud.

Here’s the basic gist: yes, the seats have been removed in place of stereo equipment, and blue carpeting has been put down around the equipment, as one did in the 1980s and early 1990s. It looks like the van was some sort of promotional vehicle for sound equipment manufacturer Rockford Fosgate, as Rockford Fosgate equipment appears throughout the interior, and the inside of the rear doors says — this is true — "Rockford Fosgate: Team America!"

One of the best parts, in my mind, is that there is a 1980s-style television screen in the front passenger compartment, also adorned with Rockford Fosgate logos, and surrounded by cryptic buttons — a nod to this van’s technological advancement when it was customized, and now a relic of a former era. Actually, the best part is actually probably the fact that it appears someone grafted a stereo remote control into the leather surrounding the steering wheel, so that it’s directly in the middle of the steering wheel while you drive.

This Astro has around 39,000 miles, as displayed on a rolling odometer next to a bizarre 1980s-style speedometer, and it’s offered by Country Club Autos in Delray Beach, Florida, for $10,000. That number may seem like a deal to audiophiles, given the equipment that’s in the back — though I personally have no idea. Either way, it’s certainly an unusual van.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. It would be mandatory to play 1980’s music and music video’s if you own this van, The ultimate rick roll mobile, Also 80’s music can be substituted with Synthwave or Vaporwave.

  2. Its an interesting time capsule, and I presume it still gets quite loud providing everything still works. Although i have to imagine this build dates back to the early 90s, meaning there probably isn’t much value to the equipment anymore. It should probably make its way to a car museum somewhere. 

    • i would have to disagree with that statement since most old school amps and speakers were largely underrated and could handle much more than the newer styles that are mostly over rated and cant handle near as much as the older ones of equal specs.

       

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