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YAK Car Pic of the Day

early ’90s Chevy Lumina APV, North Java, N.Y.

I made the mistake of calling this a van when I started doing internet research on it. Ex-cu-u-use me — it was an early version of the Chevrolet Lumina APV — “all purpose vehicle” perhaps? Whatever it was, and no matter how roomy it was inside, it was just plain weird-looking, and is going on my list of GM’s worst-designed vehicles. Chevy produced them from 1990-1996, and there were also Pontiac (Tran Sport) and Oldsmobile (Silhouette) versions — equally as ugly. I’m not sure why Chevy gave this thing a Lumina nameplate, as it shared nothing with that large sedan — including its plastic body panels. No rust problems, but if someone were to run into one, of course you couldn’t pound out the dent because likely the panel broke. Good news/bad news, I guess. And as you can see from this angle, the Lumina APV and its clones justly earned the unflattering nickname of “dust buster,” seeing how its frontal shape resembled the small hand-held vacuum cleaner of the same name. This white beauty was seen some time ago in a field out near the huge wind farm in Wyoming County. I’m not sure if it’s still there, but I can be pretty sure it hasn’t rusted away.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know…