The murals are perfect, with dancing flower-headed fertility goddesses, hearts, peace symbols, everything a proper hippie van requires.
Grateful Dead iconography hasn't changed much since the early 1970s, but the heavy sun-bleaching on this dancing-bears Deadhead sticker— no doubt purchased on Shakedown Street at some early-1990s Dead show — suggests that this Dodge stayed in the employ of jam-band aficionados for a period going back decades.
I had photographed a few other vans like this during my years of junkyard crawling, including an ex-military '73 Chevrolet G30 and a genuine Volkswagen (a Vanagon, unfortunately, not an earlier Type 2) covered with a vivid Steal Your Face paint job.
How many 90-minute tapes with one song only were listened to on this extremely 1980s Audiovox unit?
It's just a brokedown palace now.