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Emblazoned with hand painted “Beeline Dragway” and “American Hot Rod Association,” it is believed that this 1968 Chevrolet Sportvan 108 was used as a safety-crew van at the historic raceway in the early 1970s. During the 1960s and 1970s drag-racing heyday, the Beeline Dragway in the Salt River Reservation, just outside Scottsdale, Arizona, was an active site for local drag and AHRA events. In the 1960s until its closing in 1975, the venue hosted races, often drawing crowds of thousands and top dragsters from around the western states.
This Sportvan 108 is the longer wheelbase variant of the model, which was introduced in 1967 as the second generation of Chevrolet vans. While the vans received a major face-lift and a more modern design, the forward-control configuration was retained. The Sportvan was made available with several engine options, giving buyers a choice of straight sixes or V-8s of varying displacement.
Outfitted with the 250 cid six-cylinder engine, this 108 presents as a well-maintained and beautifully patinated example. Reportedly purchased from the Beeline Dragway, the Sportvan is said to have had two interim owners who each carefully stored the van. While boasting a wonderful unrestored character, the Chevrolet has seen regular use and care since being acquired by the consignor, a Midwest collector of note. This Sportvan 108 is a fantastic piece of Americana exuding the era’s dragster culture.