The Grand Caravan Legacy

The Grand Caravan Legacy

 

When the Dodge Caravan was introduced for 1984, it wasn’t just a new vehicle. It was a whole new kind of vehicle.

 

First previewed in the spring of 1983, the Caravan, along with its Chrysler Corporation stablemates, the Plymouth Voyager and Chrysler Town & Country, introduced America to the minivan. In a bold national marketing campaign, Dodge called the Caravan “a transportation revolution.”

 

Starting with the popular K-car sedan platform with its rugged 2.2-liter engine and front-wheel drive, designers threw away the styling rulebook and expanded the body’s dimensions…

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The Grand Caravan Legacy

1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix

1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix

 

Strange but true: The first Dodge to wear the Dart nameplate wasn’t a compact sedan like the 2013 Dodge Dart. It was a mid-sized sedan produced from 1960 to 1963. Stranger yet: The name originally chosen for this car wasn’t Dart. It was Zipp.

 

How’s that for a car name—Zipp? Reportedly, the name tested extremely well in consumer surveys.

 

However, the Zipp name was dropped before introduction (fortunately, perhaps) in favor of Dart, and this first generation of models using the name was very successful for Dodge. The Phoenix…

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1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix

1964 Dodge Custom 880 Convertible

1964 Dodge Custom 880 Convertible

 

Here’s one of the largest and most expensive convertibles ever found in Dodge showrooms: the 1964 Custom 880 Convertible.

 

Riding on a luxurious 122-inch wheelbase and featuring a base price of $3,850, the 880 Custom Convertible was a whole lot of car. The Dodge brand, introduced to the public in 1914, was celebrating its golden anniversary in 1964, and the 880 Custom was the flagship of the line that year.

 

We know the sleek red job shown here is the top-of-the-line 880 Custom in two ways: the bright…

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1964 Dodge Custom 880 Convertible