JACK CONDON: A VISIT WITH THE WORLD’S
LARGEST CHARLIE'S ANGELS COLLECTION
VAN ANGEL .... A SCENE STEALER IF THERE EVER WAS ONE!
Collecting "Charlie's Angels" memorabilia is one of my fondest memories while growing up. I started the moment the series debuted in 1976, and I was constantly on the look out for toys, photos and magazines. During my birthday in November 1978 - I received just enough money to hit the newsstand in pursuit of a new magazine with one of the actresses on the cover. I ended up with an issue of Truckin' Magazine from January 1979 with the headline Charlie's Angels Hit the Road! To my surprise, there was a large van manufactured, exactly like the small model replica I had on display at home. The moment I saw this van in the magazine, I thought "what would it be like if I actually owned the real van"? I wonder, no more...!
Almost 30 years later, I am the proud owner of
the elusive one-of-a kind "Charlie's Angels" Collectible. This
van was inspired by the popular model kit, baring the same likeness. The Revell Model Corporation got together back in the seventies
with Promotions Inc., a showcar company that had
displayed many of the nation’s top showcars during
the sixties and seventies to create one of the most popular show vehicles ever
built! It was right up their alley and they knew just what to do.
Actual construction was supervised by Rod Powell of
At the time, Revell,
one of the world's leading model manufacturers wanted to capitalize on the
popularity of the series. They wanted a special vehicle to capture the
glamour and essence of the show's three female detectives, since a van didn't
exist on the series, a full size replica of the Revell
model was built. It started with a factory fresh 1978 Chevrolet Van, and
the designs from a