• Nov 20th 2010 at 11:29AM
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Cars have earned hero status in a wide variety of TV and film roles through the years. It's rare, however, that the main ride is a van (notable exceptions include B.A.'s van in the A-Team and the Scooby-Doo kids' Mystery Machine.) Artist Brandon Ortwein prefers to imagine a different entertainment history as he asks the important question, "Would it have been cooler as a van?"
Ortwein answers that question through his artwork at his website and online store, Cooler as a Van, where you can buy prints of some of entertainment's most famous cars, only re-imagined as vans! Everything ranging from the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, to Thomas the Tank Engine, to Doc's DeLorean, and even Pee-Wee's bike undergo the transformation.

Head on over to Brandon Ortwein's store for a closer look at his vision of a van-filled world. We're particularly fond of the Gran Van Torino.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Forgot to mention Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Van.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Now that would be awesome!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm gonna have to say no to most (maybe all) of those. But particularly the ones I grew up with like the General Lee, KITT, Ecto-1 and the Batmobile look horrible as vans.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, me too. I tried really hard to see the possibilities of it and how much fun it would have been. Nah, just doesn't work for me either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Van Batman would be awesome. He'd have a mustache like black gold 280zx guy and a collection of batbongs. And his suit would absolutely have nipples.
      • 4 Years Ago
      beck in march I made a few photochops using an FD3s RX7 as a base for some of these influences on my life.

      Mad Max, Herbie, Back to Future, General Lee, Knight Rider, Mach 5

      Cooler as an RX7? Maybe? Some work, some don't.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Where's the Green Hornet's Black VanBeauty? Smokey & the Vanbit? Magnum Van I? Mad Max's V8 Vaniceptor?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Loved the Optimus Van! Great lil gem you guys found thanks for sharing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tron Van FTW.. Ha.

      • 4 Years Ago
      The Monkeemobile re-imagined as a van is sacrilege!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wouldn't the Love Bug be a microbus? Now the vehicle they choose for Ghostbusters was already a van (or something similar to a van).
      • 4 Years Ago
      My girlfriend bought me this t-shirt for Christmas last year. Absolutely love it and always gets comments. ::thumbs up::
      • 4 Years Ago
      My dad had a 1977 Dodge Street Van...Factory customized van !!!

      Was awesome...he and I wish he would of kept it...Black,fender flares,360 4bbl duel exhaust,no slow me down emissions junk....

      He ran it down the 1/4 mile in a tick over 15 seconds..pretty good for that era and a 4000lb van with 3.23 rear axle....now if it had overdrive and 4.10's !!!

      Yes it did move that good,my new at the time 1983 Datsun 280zx could not out run the Van !! I was about half a car length behind his back bumper,we raced a million times...

      I am now going to search for one,always wanted on again....I saw 2 at a local car show in the summer....had me thinking since...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Slow news day, Autoblog?
      Would any of these cars have been "cooler" as vans?
      Next question...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Today is Saturday.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Maybe you should relax a bit and get a sense of humor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What no Urkel-mobile Isetta van?
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