Jump to content

50 Most Under Appreciated Cars of All Time


Recommended Posts

15 minutes ago, padgett said:

That is a very interesting van of the early 50's. Much more mini-van-like. Even more interesting is how it started out air cooled VW powered FWD

Yes it is interesting, however what does it have to do with the vehicles on the list?

Link to post
Share on other sites

Was clarifying "nobody credits Chrysler for inventing it" (FWD vans). Point was they didn't. Matador even had US distributors on East and West coast.

Really wish we still had post numbers.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

I said they pioneered the modern minivan, the first one designed and built for the general public as opposed to a commercial vehicle with extra seats. No doubt there were small vans before, just as there were sport coupes before the Mustang, four cylinder cars before the Model T, and front wheel drive cars before the Austin Mini. If you want to take that line, then all cars are the same and there has been nothing new invented since Cugnot's gun carriage chugged out of the barn in the late 1700s.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Well most now have four wheels. However the original statement (wish they would do away with "hide" and bring back post numbers) was about "inventing" and not "popularizing". Agree the '80s T&C (think the Dodge Caravan was the best name ever) started the minvan explosion that really lasted to about 2012 (when bought my '12 Grand Cherokee there were many incentives available that were not for minivans) before that had a '92 TranSport with 3800 engine but needed something with a lot more towing capacity.

 

Wandering a bit from the original list of 50, could probably add quite a few (Tucker should be on that list & Pontiac Aztek is gaining popularity).

Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, Rusty_OToole said:

I said they pioneered the modern minivan, the first one designed and built for the general public as opposed to a commercial vehicle with extra seats. 

You seem to imply it was only offered as a passenger van.  Don't forget, there was the Mini Ram, the commercial/cargo version available right from 1984.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/Big-1984-DODGE-MINI-RAM-VAN-Brochure-Catalog-w-Color-Chart-MiniVan-Royal-/201613850266

 

Starting from around 1987, or so, one could order a 'barn door' version: http://www.2040-cars.com/dodge/Caravan/1990-dodge-caravan-cargo-cv-rare-barn-doors-1146910/

 

Craig

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...