Chrysler Minivan Thursday CC Outtake 1: Vintage Vans On Parade

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer
chrysler minivan thursday cc outtake 1 vintage vans on parade

It’s easy to forget how small the early Caravans were, unless you see them with their van cohorts.

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  • BuzzDog BuzzDog on Mar 19, 2010

    Imagine...efficient use of space, garage-able AND able to hold a 4x8 sheet of plywood - flat - between the rear wheelwells? Make it reliable, and I may have to have one!

    • Jack Denver Jack Denver on Mar 19, 2010

      The SWB models could hold a sheet of plywood flat (there was 4' between the wheelwells) but you couldn't close the liftgate. Only the LWB ones can hold one with the gate closed.

  • Starbird80 Starbird80 on Mar 19, 2010

    Fun fact: the first Chrysler minivan I saw in the wild (i.e. outside of the auto show) had a personalized plate that read 'TOY VAN'. Nowadays, I keep repeating, "the minivan ain't so mini anymore."

  • GregLocock Two adjacent states in Australia have different attitudes to roadworthy inspections. In NSW they are annual. In Victoria they only occur at change of ownership. As you'd expect this leads to many people in Vic keeping their old car.So if the worrywarts are correct Victoria's roads would be full of beaten up cars and so have a high accident rate compared with NSW. Oh well, the stats don't agree.
  • Lorenzo In Massachusetts, they used to require an inspection every 6 months, checking your brake lights, turn signals, horn, and headlight alignment, for two bucks.Now I get an "inspection" every two years in California, and all they check is the smog. MAYBE they notice the tire tread, squeaky brakes, or steering when they drive it into the bay, but all they check is the smog equipment and tailpipe emissions.For all they would know, the headlights, horn, and turn signals might not work, and the car has a "speed wobble" at 45 mph. AFAIK, they don't even check EVs.
  • Not Tire shop mechanic tugging on my wheel after I complained of grinding noise didn’t catch that the ball joint was failing. Subsequently failed to prevent the catastrophic failure of the ball joint and separation of the steering knuckle from the car! I’ve never lived in a state that required annual inspection, but can’t say that having the requirement has any bearing on improving safety given my experience with mechanics…
  • Mike978 Wow 700 days even with the recent car shortages.
  • Lorenzo The other automakers are putting silly horsepower into the few RWD vehicles they have, just as Stellantis is about to kill off the most appropriate vehicles for that much horsepower. Somehow, I get the impression the OTHER Carlos, Tavares, not Ghosn, doesn't have a firm grasp of the American market.