Van 1972 Chevy Chalet Royale or forgotten conceptMay 9, 2019
The American GMC Motorhome van could get a twin brother in the form of a Chevrolet Chalet Royale. Both cars had to get on the conveyor in 1972. Option from Chevrolet was supposed to be also cheaper in production. But as always, something went wrong and the project turned off.
The American GMC Motorhome van (pictured above) began its life in the late 1960s as a six-wheeled vehicle concept for a holiday with a car-like suspension installation and a flat and low floor. Thanks to the front engine layout, it was possible to remove the rear part of the roof to facilitate loading of various volumetric items.
Launched in 1972, the Motorhome was available in the Model 230, which could boast a length of 7 meters, a wheelbase of 3,600 mm, as well as a longer version of the Model 260 – 7.9 m, a wheelbase of 4.1 m .
This car was designed and built by GMC, which also fully equipped the interior at the request of the client. Alternatively, there was also an empty TransMode version for those who wanted to personalize the interior in order to adapt it to various purposes, such as turning into a mobile home, an ambulance or a mail delivery vehicle.
An image posted this week on Facebook shows that General Motors was also “playing” with the idea of developing an equivalent version of a van that would be sold under the Chevrolet brand. There is little information about the project. It is known that the production of this analogue began in July 1972. The Chevy version of the van had a slightly different body with flat windows and a lack of a curved windshield, which would probably have made its production cheaper than GMC.
The grille had a simpler design, while the front bumper was not fully chrome-plated, as in the GMC version. The car got a shorter wheelbase. It is not clear why the version of Chevrolet did not go into the series.
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