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Autotrader Find: Pristine 1989 Chevy Government Surveillance Van

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author photo by Doug DeMuro March 2019

If you're looking to buy an especially cool older van, you might have trouble finding one, as many vans were used heavily with no eye towards preservation. This one is an exception, as this is a 1989 Chevrolet cargo van that was used as a government surveillance vehicle -- with the interior (and low mileage) to prove it.

This van is finished in dark blue with light blue front seats, but its most impressive story is its condition: the odometer reads just 18,469, and it appears that the figure is totally accurate, at least based on the complete lack of wear inside the van. The interior is nice, the dash is nice, and everything is generally in good shape -- much better than you'd expect for a 30-year-old cargo van.

Probably the van's most interesting attribute is in the back, however, as it's filled with an enormous panel of switches, buttons, outlets and other monitoring equipment. Although there's no close-up shot that goes over each of these features in detail, there's a desk and a chair next to these features -- and the ad listing describes this as a "former government surveillance van," which seems highly plausible.

If you're interested in one of the few "survivor" Chevy vans from this era, this is probably the nicest you'll find -- and it comes with an interesting story, too. It's currently offered by Levittown Auto in Levittown, Pennsylvania, for just $6,995.

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