1984 Plymouth Voyager (Magic Wagon No. 1)

1984 Plymouth Voyager (Magic Wagon No. 1)

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Detroit, MI

Date(s) of Construction

November 2, 1983

Original Owner and Use

Chrysler Corporation, ceremonial first “minivan”

Present Owner and Use

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, display and limited exhibition

Designer / Engineer / Builder

Chrysler Corporation

The first Chrysler minivan rolled off the production line on November 2nd, 1983 – exactly five years to the day after Lee Iacocca took the post as CEO of the then failing Detroit automaker. The “minivan” (Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan) was a new kind of family vehicle designed by Chrysler. It was taller than a full-size station wagon but lower than standard vans. It was fuel-efficient and built to drive like a car. It was easy to get in and out of and had room for seven adults. The minivan was a hit with suburban families and the transportation of choice for “soccer moms” everywhere until the late 1990s when SUVs became popular. It all started here – with this first Chrysler minivan.




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