Overland Classifieds :: 1999 Chevy Astro AWD

When we think of overland rigs, the Chevy Astro AWD probably isn’t the first vehicle that comes to mind. However, there’s something undeniably charismatic about a vehicle that has been carefully modified for a purpose it was never really intended for, and today’s offering is a fantastic example. Make no mistake, this is no Land Cruiser, and if I were planning a round-the-world overland trip, this would not be my vehicle of choice, but for road tripping the states or exploring on the weekends, it’s perfect. This Astro is a passion project, evident in the comprehensive service and maintenance records, attention to detail, minimalist yet functional camper interior, tasteful modifications, and considered accessories. This labor of love has its own website, with a vast array of videos, photos, and technical information available at cragvan.com.

From the Seller:

“I bought this van after a failed engagement in July 2019. It has been my life, passion, and joy for the last three years. I have now met someone new, we’re planning on a family, and the van only safely seats two adults. I bought the Astro from a dealership that originally acquired it at auction from Fort Collins Colorado’s City Department, where I think it was used to transport children (lots of crayons found while ripping out the interior). The van has been well-loved and well maintained. She helped heal me; I owe her a good home.”

1999 Chevy Astro AWD

The Astro is fitted with a 4.3-liter V6 motor that produces 190 horsepower, 250 pound-feet of torque, and returns 16/20 mpg (City/Hwy). The AWD variant benefits from a transfer case that largely operates in 2WD until it detects a loss of traction in the rear wheels, at which point it delivers torque to both the front and rear axles to regain traction. Inside, the Astro incorporates driver comforts including air conditioning, cruise control, power windows and mirrors, cupholders, and more.

Distinguishing Features

  • AGM battery, 200-amp-hour, with 100-watt Renogy solar panel
  • Journeys Off Road Safari roof rack and front bumper with internal winch mount
  • Peregrine 180-degree awning
  • Sink with 7-liter freshwater capacity
  • LED light bar, 43-inch
  • Roof fan, 10-speed with thermostat, rain sensor, and reverse functions

This 1999 Chevy Astro is listed for $25,000 and is currently located in Denver, Colorado. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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No money in the bank, but gas in the tank. Our resident Bikepacking Editor Jack Mac is an exploration photographer and writer living full-time in his 1986 Vanagon Syncro but spends most days at the garage pondering why he didn’t buy a Land Cruiser Troopy. If he’s not watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he can be found mountaineering for Berghaus, sea kayaking for Prijon, or bikepacking for Surly Bikes. Jack most recently spent two years on various assignments in the Arctic Circle but is now back in the UK preparing for his upcoming expeditions—looking at Land Cruisers. Find him on his website, Instagram, or on Facebook under Bicycle Touring Apocalypse.