As many of you know, over the last month or so, Rod Authority has been covering two of the West coast’s premier car shows, The Grand National Roadster Show, and more recently the Sacramento Autorama. These two shows encompass the best of the best in the kustom car scene with many of the most talented builders in the world showcasing pristine examples of their work.
Standing out in the crowd is tough, but a little green van really cut through the clutter and created quite a sensation. Meet “VanSlam,” a 1967 Ford van that has been treated to the coolest re-think on record. We think Gary Villeggiante, of Millbrae, California, has created the current benchmark of kustom vans.
This diminutive van is an exercise in the color green. Hues of lime, mint, turquoise and kelly green (with a skosh of goldenrod,) all cohabitate nicely here. Look carefully and along with the stripes and panels, there is a very nice touch of ferns and fronds nestling amongst the geometry.
Featuring a paint job by Tyler Pullen of TP Custom Chop Shop and chrome work by The Best Chrome of San Martin, California. The inside is just as cool as the exterior with the guts stitched by Acme Auto Interior which boasts velvety pillow-top upholstery with matching interior panels.
Bagged with Supremes, skinny whites and a double grille complete with flickering disco lights, VanSlam easily won “Best Lowrider Van” at the 2020 Sacramento Autorama.