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The 12 Weirdest Minivans of All Time

Car and Driver Logo By Joseph Capparella, Daniel Golson, Alexander Stoklosa, Joe Lorio of Car and Driver | Slide 1 of 16: The minivan would seem to be the most prosaic of automotive genres, but automakers have shown a surprising ability to think outside the box (pun intended) and turn out some pretty weird machines. The modern minivan format was born when the Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan arrived in the mid-1980s, and that is where our tour begins. (Earlier vans, such as the Volkswagen Microbus, Chevrolet Corvair Greenbriar, Ford Falcon, and Dodge A100, may be sized and shaped like later minivans, but they aren't of the same genus.) And while the Chrysler twins' transverse-engine, front-drive layout has become the industry standard, there has been plenty of experimentation with other layouts, along with various door arrangements, sizes, and styling treatments for what really is just a basic box. Herewith we present the weirdest stuff in the minivan's short, three-decade history.

The minivan would seem to be the most prosaic of automotive genres, but automakers have shown a surprising ability to think outside the box (pun intended) and turn out some pretty weird machines. The modern minivan format was born when the Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan arrived in the mid-1980s, and that is where our tour begins. (Earlier vans, such as the Volkswagen Microbus, Chevrolet Corvair Greenbriar, Ford Falcon, and Dodge A100, may be sized and shaped like later minivans, but they aren't of the same genus.) And while the Chrysler twins' transverse-engine, front-drive layout has become the industry standard, there has been plenty of experimentation with other layouts, along with various door arrangements, sizes, and styling treatments for what really is just a basic box. Herewith we present the weirdest stuff in the minivan's short, three-decade history.

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