What is it about the Chrysler minivans that makes them so fascinating? There’s the underdog story of how they helped save Chrysler from its dark days in the 80s. There’s the friendly styling that contrasted sharply with monstrosities like the Chevrolet Astro, Ford Aerostar, VW Vanagon, Chevrolet Lumina APV and Toyota Previa.
And who would forget the woodgrain trim? That signature styling key that somehow fit. For its first three generations Chrysler had the secret minivan sauce. Focus was lost with the half-hearted forth generation and didn’t really rebound until the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
Check back in with Third Auto as we continue to explore the marvelously practical minivan in coming features.
[Images: Brian Rogers, GM]