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A Slamvan in Grand Theft Auto V.
(Rear quarter view)
Vehicle class
Vehicle type Civilian van
Body style Custom pickup truck (GTA SA & GTA V)
Van (Episodes From Liberty City)
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger)
Appearance(s) GTA San Andreas
The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Grand Theft Auto V [DLC]
Grand Theft Auto Online [DLC]
Manufacturer Vapid (HD Universe)
Price $15,200 (GTA SA)
(Exports and Imports)

$49,500 (Online) (
Related vehicle(s) Bobcat
Tow Truck

"Favorite 50's pickup of San Andreas Lowriders and Liberty City bikers. Smooth lines, chrome details, and shiny paintwork have made the Vapid Slamvan the toy of choice for idiots who won't grow up everywhere." description.

The Slamvan is a vehicle available in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and in the Grand Theft Auto IV downloadable episodic pack The Lost and Damned. It was added to Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online in the Festive Surprise. It is made by Vapid in the HD Universe.


GTA San Andreas

In GTA San Andreas the Slamvan resembles a heavily customized second generation Chevrolet GMC C/K with the front styling of a Dodge Sidewinder. Naturally, it is a two door and can only seat two people. Sometimes the Slamvan will spawn with a custom chain steering wheel.

The Lost and Damned

In The Lost and Damned, the Vapid Slamvan is a different vehicle, as it no longer resembles a heavily customized pickup like it did in GTA San Andreas. It now resembles a Rat Rodded 1953–1956 Ford F-Series panel van. It appears to have the windshield and door tops from a 1980's Ford F-Series. The Slamvan comes in only four color schemes, one of which is a two-tone gray body color, and another includes a black body with red wheels. The Slamvan also bears The Lost MC's insignia. The Slamvan has its badges removed, but police chatter will refer the van as a "Vapid Slamvan".

The Ballad of Gay Tony

The Slamvan is also seen in The Ballad of Gay Tony, but only in the mission Frosting on the Cake where it is unobtainable (unless the Slamvan trick is performed). It shares the same design as the Slamvan from TLAD.

GTA V and GTA Online

The design is basically the same as the previous appearance in TLAD, but is now back to being a pick-up truck like the 3D universe version. Unlike the previous rendition, it lacks whitewall tires by default, these now being available at Los Santos Customs.


In previous iterations, the Slamvan's performance is below average, being attributed largely to its poor acceleration, although the van can achieve average speeds. The van's rear wheel torque makes it prone to fishtailing, but it is capable of relatively good cornering and braking, presumably because of its light weight.


Engine close-up in GTA V.

In GTA V, the Slamvan has a customized supercharged V8, which sounds similar to the Duke O'Death, The Liberator, and Marshall. In game stat-bars and testing has shown it has the same performance as the Rat-Loader and its clean variant, the Rat-Truck. Thus, it has average acceleration and top speed, matched with very poor brakes and traction.

Modifications (GTA San Andreas)

The Slamvan can only be modified at Loco Low Co. As such, the Slamvan is capable of participating in the Lowrider Challenge.

Type Upgrades Cost
Paint Jobs Paintjob 1 $ 500
Paintjob 2 $ 500
Paintjob 3 $ 500
Colors Car Color 1 $ 150
Exhausts Chromer Exhaust $ 3340
Slamin Exhaust $ 3250
Front Bumper Chromer Bumper $ 2040
Front bullbars Chromer Bullbar $ 2130
Slamin Bullbar $ 2050
Rear bullbars Chromer Bullbar $ 1610
Slamin Bullbar $ 1540
Side Skirts Chrome Trim $ 780
Wheelcovers $ 940
Wheels Classic $ 1620
Dollar $ 1560
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Trance $ 1350
Cutter $ 1030
Rimshine $ 980
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000

The Slamvan Trick

The Slamvan only makes one appearance in TBoGT, during the chase sequence in Frosting on the Cake. Once this part of the mission starts, the player is locked into tossing sticky bombs. To obtain a Slamvan, as soon as the sequence begins, frantically begin pressing all the buttons on your controller (excluding the analog sticks), and Luis will "get out" of the car. He'll still be stuck in the sticky bomb targeting mode, but this will end once the mission fails for abandoning the car. Proceed to find a nearby Slamvan and take it to a safehouse.

NOTE: Sometimes the "sticky bomb aim" effect will last after the mission. This effect prevents the player from getting inside vehicles. The solution is to switch to fists or a melee weapon. This will allow Luis to interact with cars normally. Saving and loading the file will also fix this issue.

Source: [1]


GTA San Andreas

The Lost and Damned

  • Used in the mission "Heavy Toll".
  • Sometimes in a gang war, the Angels of Death will cruise around in one. Kill all the Angels of Death members and the Slamvan is yours for the taking. Try not to tear it up during the gang war though, as these often have unique paintjobs such as blue and white and black and orange.
  • Can be spawned via a cheat code (826-555-0100).
  • Can be obtained by calling Terry Thorpe and then pushing his Slamvan to a car save.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • Seen in the mission Frosting on the Cake; can only be obtained if the Slamvan trick is performed.




  • The Slamvan plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • The police in The Lost and Damned sometimes refer to it as a "pickup", despite it having the appearance of a van. This may possibly indicate that the vehicle was a pickup truck in the Beta, much like it was in GTA San Andreas. For GTA V, however, a pickup variant is featured, which would be the mentioned Beta model.

Episodes from Liberty City

  • This is the only game where the Slamvan is true to its name, being a van.
  • The Slamvan is mainly used by the Lost MC, having Lost decals on it. Occasionally though, Angels Of Death members may appear using it.
  • The standard Slamvan has a different horn than its Lost MC counterpart.
  • The Slamvan does not have reverse lights.
  • The Slamvan is one of the few vehicles in GTA IV that doesn't have a license plate on it.
  • Terry Thorpe uses the Slamvan as a weapons transport.
  • In the GTA San Andreas beta, Slamvans had a different wheel design and had a different paint job not seen in the final version.
  • Unique to the The Ballad of Gay Tony rendition, the Slamvan has a different horn and occasionally backfires when shifting gears.
  • Inside the biker clubhouse, the cheat code for the Slamvan appears on a piece of paper along with an image of the vehicle, and text implying the vehicle's specialty.


  • Its description on references both its previous depictions, in San Andreas as a lowrider and in The Lost and Damned being used by Liberty City bikers.
  • It looks a lot more similar to the Tow Truck in terms of its pickup style body, and shares the same exhausts with the same style of heavy exhaust smoke.
  • When the Slamvan is damaged extensively, an immense amount of smoke will come from the engine, as well as turning the exhaust fumes to a dark black.


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