New or Used?: Should This Mustang Man Get a Minivan?
I have a ’15 Subaru WRX and a ’68 Ford Mustang. I pick my daughter up from daycare everyday. When the weather is nice, I drive the Mustang.
My wife and I are thinking of having a second kid, which would render my Mustang unusable since there’s no middle seat and zero space behind the driver. I’ve been lurking on a bunch of model-specific sites and on The H.A.M.B., but I can’t find much info on classics that will fit two car seats comfortably, at least one of which would be rear-facing.
My other limiting factor is that my garage is shallow, so anything over 200 inches long is a tight squeeze. That knocks out most of the big cars I thought of first.
Any suggestions on cars from ’49-’74 that have tidy exterior dimensions, but ample back seat space? I’m partial to Fords and Mopars.
When you said Mopar, my very first thought was a 1972 Dodge Dart Swinger. At 196 inches, it will fit perfectly in your garage and the rear seats on these vehicles are surprisingly spacious. Check this out.
But here’s the rub: There has to be a strong love connection with you and the vehicle, and I’m frankly not Carnac the Magnificent when it comes to reading your personal Taste-O-Meter. I prefer to be in the big car world when it comes to classics, which is why I bought a 1979 Cadillac Deville D’Elegance for $500 last summer. Of course, I got the car with a wrench sticking straight out of the carb and enough tattered headliner to enshroud a mummy. Then there were the headlights held in place with cardboard inserts, the A/C system that didn’t actually blow, the paint job on top of the old paint job, the falling trim, the surface rust, the … damn it! Why do I still own this rolling turd?
If it were my dime, I would spend a quarter and find a Dart that’s been well kept, maybe something similar to this late model Dart. I would stick with a sporty car that was as common as Coca-Cola back in the day, just like your Mustang.
This is a tough one, though, with your restrictions of 200 inches or less, a classic car that can be a daily driver, and a big back seat. Anyone else wanna give it a shot? Maybe a 1990 Caravan with fake hood scoops. What says the rest of you?
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