And there's no reserve, so you should bid on it, fool!
TV shows and movies are sometimes outshone by the cast members that aren't human. You can't talk about James Bond without mentioning his Aston Martin DB5. Similarly, Ghostbusters is known for its Cadillac ambulance. As car people, we're more interested in what Batman will drive in his next cinematic outing than who he will be fighting. For hit 1980s TV show The A-Team, the GMC van driven by Mr. T is just as memorable and as important a part of the lineup as the characters who drove in it. And now one of the six original 1979 Chevrolet vans officially licensed by Universal Studios for promoting the show has gone up for sale.
While something like a GMC Savana Cargo Van is not exactly a sought-after poster car for most people, the one depicted in The A-Team, with its signature black and metallic gray paint with red accenting, is one of the few vans that just is cool. Worldwide Auctioneers has one of these original TV vehicles for sale with the aim of raising funds for the J. Kruse Education Center, a charitable organization that provides "career pathway development to students and transitioning veterans." Considering that The A-Team was made up of ex-Army vets, we're sure they would approve of the cause for which the van is being sold.
The van is being sold with all the showbiz props you'd expect, including a turret-mounted machine gun, a pump-action shotgun, an assault rifle, and a submachine gun. Besides these toy weapons, the paint scheme, and the fake radio system, the van appears to be completely standard, with this particular model showing just over 90,000 miles on the clock. It's being offered with no reserve at the Scottsdale Auction on January 23, 2021.
If you're interested in the van, you may not even have to travel to Indiana - online bids will be accepted too. A practical collectible like this doesn't come around too often, so get cracking if this tickles your fancy.