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WORLD'S LARGEST PRODUCTION CORVAIR

 
  The first ULTRA VANS were named the "Go-Home"
and were designed by a Beech and Boeing Aircraft designer
in the early 1960's. 
 
The ULTRA VAN has no chassis,
It is constructed like an airplane - with aluminum ribs
covered with riveted sheet aluminum on the top and sides.
The front and back corners (the compound curved areas) are fiberglass.
 
All four wheels are independently sprung with coil springs
and tubular shock absorbers.
 
Originally powered by a Corvair engine and transaxle,
ULTRA VANS cruise easily at 55 - 65 mph
and deliver 15 - 18 mpg.
 
Some Ultras have been converted to V-6's and V-8's
and some later models were manufactured with V-8's
when Corvair engines were no longer available.
 
Less than 100 of the 370 ULTRA VANS
produced from 1961 until 1970
are still on the road today
many with between 100,000 and 500,000 miles of use.
 
 
Length -------------------  22 feet
Width  --------------------  8 feet
Height---------------------  8 feet
 Wheel Base  ----------- 152 inches
 Dry Weight -------------  3,500 pounds
 Touring Weight -------  4,500+ pounds
 
 Price New --------------   $8,500 - $12,500
  Price today ------------   $5,000 - $15,000