First Car / Best Car - Lyndon French | Varyer

A VAN AND A DREAM

2003 Chevrolet Astro Panel Van

Best car I’ve owned to this day: a white 2003 Chevrolet Astro cargo van. I bought this van for 7k from a Chevy dealer around 2005 when I was still in college. Had an aftermarket radio with a little 8” sub for my booty but otherwise the thing was stock American muscle. I drove this thing everywhere from the Mississippi east; got it stuck in ditches, impounded, tagged, donuts, burnouts, lived in it, moved bikes, motorcycles and too many couches.

Fun fact: When the Mercedes Cargo Metris came out in 2016 they had a pamphlet that compared it to the Chevy Astro, a van that hadn’t been in production since 2003. True legends never die.

In the end, around 2015, I put 125k miles on it. I would have never sold it if it weren’t for a ton of rust… everything ends at some point, gotta enjoy this ride.

A Van & A Dream - A zine by Lyndon French

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