REPRINTED FROM CALGARY LIVING, JULY/AUGUST, 2006
By Toby Welch
Mix together the luxuriousness of an executive jet, the convenience of a portable office, and the sexiness of a sports car, and you have the Becker Jet Van.
The innovation of Howard Becker, owner of Becker Automotive Design Inc. in Oxnard, California, and a forerunner in the custom car industry, the Becker Jet Van is the ultimate in first-class transportation. Even Maybach owners will cringe in envy.
Ford, GM, and Sprinter vans are customized with your choice of one of six floor plans, all created with lightweight aviation materials. Jet Van options include an advanced lighting system, mobile office, high-speed wireless Internet, satellite links, a permanent computer, ultra-comfortable heated massage seats, aviation-style hideaway tables, electric window shades, deep-pile carpeting, driver privacy divider, a liquor cabinet, and a home-theater quality entertainment system, among other options. Howard Becker has achieved his three goals with his Jet Van – discretion, transportation, and luxury.
Jet Vans range from $110,000 to over $400,000 depending on the make and model of the vehicle you select and the materials and options you choose. For an additional $75,000 and up, .44 Magnum armor plaiting is available. Sorry – the cost of a driver is not included. Complete conversion takes from sixty to 150 days, and the price includes worldwide delivery.
Past clients of Becker’s include Barbara Streisand, Eddie Murphy, Cher, Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Tiger Woods, Steven Spielberg, and King Abdullah II of Jordan.