Chevrolet G30 Origins
The Chevrolet G30 was part of the Chevy line of vans very popular from around 1964 through 1996. In 1996, the line was discontinued due to declining sales. This sales decline was likely largely a result of the rising popularity of other family-vehicle options, such as the minivan and SUV, as well as other options for professional vehicles, such as utility SUVs and more modern vans.About the Chevrolet G30
The G30 is not a well-known model within the Chevy G-series; in fact, it made very few showings in its long history of production. Generally the G30 was visually identical to the G20 and only distinguished itself by its more powerful standard engine. As a whole, however, the G-series was extremely popular and became the standard for vans after the line’s inception in 1964—even enjoying moments of fame when versions of the G-series van took center stage in popular television shows like “The A-Team” and “Scooby Doo.”
Because the G30 never enjoyed high visibility, it can be difficult to find old vehicles identified as G30s. The G-series, however, remains ubiquitous today. Chevy vans from 1964 to 1996 were the standard in full-size vans, and the G30 was generally the most powerful version.Chevrolet G30 Evolution
The Chevrolet G-series replaced the Corvair van, and the series’ first models were built on the Corvair platform. Throughout the G30’s lifespan, there were limited changes to the vehicle. The 1992 G series saw a significant facelift, and only the G30 vans in the lineup that year came with a 4L80E transmission standard on all vehicles. This transmission was an option in some of the lower G-series vehicles of 1992 and the following few years. Also exclusive to the G30 was its 7.4-liter V-8, which boasted 230 horsepower at 2400 rpm in the second-generation models of the G series Chevy vans. This model was available in a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. Beyond these differences, the G30 models were not well-known or differentiated in the history of the van series.
The first generation for the G-series of Chevrolet vans spanned the years from 1964 to 1970. Specifically for the G30, its only unique attribute during this generation was an available 7.4-liter V-8 engine with 230 horsepower. At the time, the G30 was basically a more powerful version of the much more widespread G20. Few were made, and it was practically identical to G20 models during the first generation that the G30 was available.
1992 was the next year of note for the G30. This year saw a general facelift for all vans in the G-series; the line began to use the grille from Chevy pickup trucks. Outside of this cosmetic change, the G-series vans remained boxy. In 1992, some of the G series vans also made available a 4L80E transmission standard, though this transmission was primarily standard only on the G30 model.The 1992 Chevrolet G30
1992 is the last year you will find the G30 tag on any of the G-series vans, though the series itself continued production until 1996. The G30 of 1992 was identical to the G20 in terms of its aesthetics, but the G30 did come with a powerful 4L80E 4-speed automatic transmission.