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"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. The pickup variant was added to Grand Theft Auto V in the Festive Surprise Update and the van variant (named the Lost Slamvan) was added to Grand Theft Auto Online in the Heists Update. It is made by Vapid in the HD Universe.


Grand Theft Auto: 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.

Episodes from Liberty City

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". Like most other vehicles in the game, the Slamvan has no reversing lights, nor does it have licence plates.

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.

Grand Theft Auto V

In GTA V, the Slamvan is featured with two different designs. The van variant from TLAD, now named as the 'Lost Slamvan', as well as a pick-up truck body style. Similar to the van version, the Slamvan pick-up is also heavily based on the 1953–1956 Ford F-Series but in a pick-up form. The Lost variant is similar to TLAD model but has changes on gang tags as well as a different taillight design. It also has a rear licence plate set.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

In GTA San Andreas, the Slamvan is quite nimble and comfortable to drive due to its supercharged V8 and upgraded suspension, it possesses good acceleration and average top speed, its brakes are also strong, being capable of quickly stopping from top speed to zero, its dowsides however, is the arguably poor durability and stability, despite its low height, it can still rollover easily.

Episodes from Liberty City

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. In TBOGT, the van occasionally backfires when shifting gears. The engine model is rather fancy compared to other similar engine models, bearing chrome finishing on the carburetors, red lining and polished camshaft covers.

Grand Theft Auto V


Engine close-up in GTA V.

In GTA V, the Slamvan has a customized V8 with 4 double-barrel carburetors, 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. The Lost Slamvan features similar engine as the pick-up variant but has an improved acceleration. Traction is also enhanced as well as braking strengthened.

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Source Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine Details
(Cubic Capacity/Layout/Type)
Number + Type
(Kg / lb)

(i.e. Game data definitions, or claimed in-game.) (Claimed Top Speeds)

n/a n/a


RWD (Website)

5 (Website)

1200 / 2645 (Website)

(i.e. recorded/tested using in-game data.) (Observed Top Speeds & Acceleration Times)

9.5 Seconds 85 / 136

FR SOHC V8 w/ 4 Double Barrel Carburettors (In-game model)



Mass cannot be observed.


Grand Theft Auto: 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

Grand Theft Auto V

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Grand Theft Auto: 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, and can only be obtained if the Slamvan trick is performed.

Obtaining in TBoGT

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.

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Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online



  • The Slamvan plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • The police in The Lost and Damned sometimes refer to the Slamvan as a "pickup", despite it being a van. This may possibly indicate that the vehicle was a pickup truck in the Beta, much like it was in GTA San Andreas.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • In the GTA San Andreas beta, Slamvans had a different wheel design and had a different paint job not seen in the final version.
  • It has got a special steering wheel, different from the one of the other cars.

Episodes from Liberty City

  • The standard Slamvan has a different horn than its Lost MC counterpart.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Its description on references both its previous depictions, in San Andreas as a lowrider and its usage by The Lost MC and Angels of Death in The Lost and Damned.
    • Despite it being called a lowrider in its description, it was not added as a lowrider in the GTA Online: Lowriders update.
  • The Lost variant along with the second variations of the Barracks and the Trashmaster are the only DLC vehicles that are not available for purchase.
  • The Lost Slamvan can be obtained by setting the Respawn vehicle to "Lost Slamvan" while making a GTA Capture in the creator.


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