18 July 2016

Photo Gallery: Shag Wagons

The incredibly versatile custom van is a symbol of adventure, leisure and independence, and it became the ultimate blank canvas for self-expression.

As the infinitely blander (but much more practical) minivan became the norm, the world of porthole windows, whimsical murals and wavy waterbeds lived on through a small yet dedicated group of collectors. Thanks to online forums and social media channels coupled with a bit of nostalgia, the cult following has experienced a wonderful resurgence in recent years.

For the Summer 2016 edition of Hagerty magazine, we spoke with the owners of three exceptional custom vans. These are the photos that we couldn’t fit into the print version.

5 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Mark USA July 18, 2016 at 13:33
    Great article! Man, those pics take me back! Lots of fun "back in the day." I gotta get to that Museum of Vanning in Florida. Thanks for mentioning it in the article as I had no idea it even existed! Peace...
  • 2
    Munz Parsippany, NJ July 19, 2016 at 16:42
    FINALLY!!! Great article with a accurate description of the van movement past, present and future. Way to go Hagerty.
  • 3
    Sue Rochester NY July 20, 2016 at 16:08
    Do they really need to call them Shag wagons and why? Shag is a British term and we have really never referred to them as that. I'm not understanding why you would use that word to describe them ... Been a vanner since the late 70s
  • 4
    Tom Ajax, Ontario, Canada July 24, 2016 at 11:38
    ...liked the article and wished for more photos. I still have my 1972 E100 and drive it every weekend. Is there a way for me to send a photo ???
  • 5
    John Ostrander Wolcott, CT July 29, 2016 at 16:58
    It is great to see that you have an article on my hobby and also a custom vehicle which I have insured with your agency. Real nice article and thanks again.

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