Overland Classifieds :: Sportsmobile 4×4 Quigley

I recently shared a $145,500 2013 Ford E350 Sportsmobile 4×4 on the Expedition Portal classifieds page, so when this very reasonably priced 1997 Chevy Express 3500 Sportsmobile Quigley 4×4 was listed, I had to feature it. Full disclaimer: the seller makes it clear that this van is in need of some work; fortunately, it’s largely cosmetic. Hence, with a little TLC, this van could be a very comfortable go-anywhere home on wheels for a bargain price.

From the Seller:

“We are selling our 1997 Chevy Express 3500 Sportsmobile Quigley 4×4 van. With only 137,000 miles on the odometer, it has a lot of life left. The Sportsmobile conversion was performed in 2001 by the previous owner, and it has seen very little use. We all see these vans go for over $100,000 in the current market, with lead times over 12 months. You can get one here for much less and no waiting.”

1997 Chevy Express 3500 Sportsmobile Quigley 4×4

This Sportsmobile is fitted with a 5.7-liter V8 that produces 245 horsepower, 325 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The 4WD transformation was completed by Quigley 4×4, who have been customizing vehicles since 1974. Their work utilizes new components that align with the vehicle model year, ensuring the modifications don’t void the factory warranty. The camper conversion was completed by Sportsmobile (established 1961), who is highly regarded for the quality of their work.

Distinguishing Features

This Chevy Express 3500 Sportsmobile 4×4 benefits from a number of upgrades and modifications, including:

  • Quigley 4×4 conversion
  • Dana 60 front end
  • Freshwater tank, 20-gallon
  • Furnace, 12,000-BTU
  • Water heater, 2.5-gallon
  • Onan 2.8k generator
  • Penthouse top with bed
  • Two 86-amp-hour batteries and 2,500-watt inverter
  • Star Cool air conditioning
  • Owner’s manual and 20 years of service records

This 1997 Chevy Express 3500 Sportsmobile Quigley 4×4 is listed for $45,000 OBO and is currently located in Owensboro, Kentucky. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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