Junkyard Find: 1993 Plymouth Voyager With Five-Speed Manual

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1993 plymouth voyager with five speed manual

The original K-platform-based Chrysler minivans, built for the 1984 through 1995 model years, sold like mad, helped kill the station wagon, and forced the competition to get serious about selling minivans in the United States. Buyers could get the 1984-95 four-cylinder Caravan, Voyager, or Town & Country with a five-speed manual transmission, though few did.

Here’s the first 5-speed second-generation Chrysler minivan I have ever found in a wrecking yard.

This isn’t the only second-gen Chrysler minivan I’ve seen with a manual transmission, however; Team Van Gogh races a 1993 Caravan with a five-speed and turbocharged 2.5 engine swap in West Coast 24 Hours of LeMons races. It’s quick.

By the middle 1990s, automatic transmissions and air conditioning had become all-but-required equipment in US-market vehicles that weren’t penny-in-the-vise miserable econoboxes. This Voyager has AC, but the El Cheapo™ interior and crank windows suggest that the original purchaser may have been a motivated miser. Was the automatic Voyager more expensive than the manual in 1993?

I’m tempted to go buy the pedal set out of this van, because I know some LeMons team is going to need it for a manual-transmission conversion in a hooptie Town & Country. These parts may be shared with the not-so-rare 5=five-speed Dodge Shadow/Plymouth Sundance, though.

Under the hood, we see the produced-by-the-octillion Chrysler 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Voyager buyers in 1993 could opt for Chrysler 3.3 or Mitsubishi 3.0 V6s, generating 150 and 142 horsepower, respectively. While you could get a Dodge Daytona with the Mitsubishi V6 and five-speed in 1993, Chrysler’s V6 minivans were automatic only.

Sold in Colorado, will be crushed in Colorado.

“The evolution of the minivan is now complete.”

Note that the automatic transmission is a big bragging point in this ad.

The genuine article, on sale at The Minivan Store.

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  • ToddAtlasF1 ToddAtlasF1 on May 15, 2017

    I love the LeMons photo with the Mustang II and the Pinto. Putting them on the track still seems more like performance art than racing, but it is cool to see such unlikely cars at speed.

  • Garak Garak on May 16, 2017

    I had one like this a couple years ago, it had something like 400000 km on the clock. It had the acceleration of a glacier, but could cruise comfortably all day, and got about 8.5 liters per 100 km (28 mpg). It was a sad day when I had to scrap it.

  • RHD The price will also be a huge factor. Most websites expect it to start at around 50K. Add in the dealer fees, taxes, markup, options and assorted nonsense, it'll probably easily pass 60 grand. A Chrysler Pacifica starts around 38K. The real test will be if anyone with nostalgia for the old VW Van/Kombi/Station Wagon/Bus/Etc. will be motivated to actually buy one. Once the new and unique wears off, its innate excellence (or lack thereof) will determine its long-term success.
  • Carlson Fan I think it is pretty cool & grew up with a '75 Ford window van so I can attest to their utility. $60K is a lot for any vehicle and I'm not convinced EV's are ready for prime time for a number of reasons. It would make an awesome 2nd or 3rd vehicle in a multi-car household but again the price would keep most from considering it.I agree with the other comments that those who have to have it will buy it and then sales will drop off. Offer a panel version for the commercial market, that could have possibilities.
  • Wjtinfwb Panther Black? or Black Panther? Shaped like a decade old Ford detectives sedan? Seems like an odd way to send out your marquee car...
  • Kwik_Shift Instead of blacked, how about chromed? Don't follow the herd.
  • Carlson Fan Nicest looking dash/gage cluster ever put in any PU truck. After all these years it still looks so good.