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Old 10-30-2012, 09:18 AM
UncleJ UncleJ is offline
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"Suv's and minivans didn't exist"???? Oh I think they did -- you just didn't look for them back in the day. The SUV's were known as "Carry-Alls" and made by all three of the major's as well as International Harvester with the ubiquitous Suburban the most recognizable of the pack. They were serious utility vehicles with rubber floor mats and tough spartan interiors that could (and were) sometimes hosed out. As far as "mini vans" the first one was the Ford Econoline -- kind of a cab over thing with again great utility and hose out interior. Later on the rest of the pack caught up with Dodge for some reason putting out a line of popular vans that became cult favorites for customizing the interiors to a degree that you would not want your daughter to ride in one! The great fuel crisis of the early 70's (red and green flags, odd even license plate numbers, gas lines, etc.) ended the custom van era -- although you still see the odd one every now and then with the smoked custom windows and garish paint scheme running around. In the auto world there really isn't a lot that is new and startling that hasn't been at least started years before it seems.
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