Formerly 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 Hazzard,” and “Knight Rider” on television, plus movies “Ghostbusters,” “The Love Bug,” and “Jurassic Park.”
George Barris was born in Chicago, then moved with his older brother Sam to Roseville, California, where the pair built their first “Barris Brothers” custom car, a 1925 Buick. In the 1950s, George Barris formed Kustoms of Los Angeles, which later became Kustoms of America.
The movie studios had taken note of George’s “kustoms” and came to him for film cars, one of the first requests being for “High School Confidential” (1958).
The vendor advises us that this van has been fully rebuilt mechanically and incorporates a new, “crate fresh” 350-ci (5.7-liter) 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 Barris and carries a “Star Car” logo. The correct interior features four captain’s chairs. A secondary deep-cell battery powers the sound system’s 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 Chevrolet G20 “A-Team” Custom van represents a rare opportunity for a U.K. 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 license, and Swansea V5.