Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ultra Van - The Whale on Wheels

They do say you can find ANYTHING at Walmart...and Sunday evening we sure did...We happened upon this really cool Ultra Van from 1968....I knocked on the door to ask about taking photos to share with yall...

The couple that own it are super nice and had traveled all the way from Pennsylvania to the Florida Keys and were on their way north again via Pensacola for the Eastern Spring Rally ... So if you happen to be in the area this weekend you could check them out in person at Blue Angel Naval Recreational Area.

They told me the Ultra Van is powered by a Corvair engine in the rear...They are built out of aluminum with fiberglass corners and put together like an airplane and have no chassis....Built in California and then later in Hutchinson KS, only around 370 Ultra Vans were produced between 1961 to 1969...250 are still on the road today...

The Ultra Van is 22 ft by 8 ft and gets about 16 mpg...I am not sure how that compares to new larger RV's, but I will say, the Ultra Van has a lot more visual charm for a vintage lovin' fool like me...

If you want to find out more about them you can visit the online club
http://www.corvair.org/chapters/ultravan/

Blessings Kelsie

6 comments:

Kari said...

LOVE it!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Ooooh I want one! Love it girl.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, that is so AWESOME! Thanks for posting!

On Crooked Creek said...

Kelsie,
Too cute. .. but my traveling days are few! I like to stay close to home!
Fondly,
Pat

Kymberly Foster Seabolt said...

Is that not the cutest camper ever?

I would so camp in that.

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