]]]]]n=center]RETRO RIDES

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Just the other day I was watching the 80's classic Liscence to Drive Starring Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. (2 of the best kid actors of that era) While watching the movie I couldn't help but notice all the retro vehichles in the film. The styling was truly unique. From the dad's Audi to the DMV Escort. I did an article before on this topic, but I failed to include a number of classics. Thanks to the comments left from the previous article I decided to do a Follow Up.I will again cover some basic categories of my favorite cars. So here it is. Fasten your Seatbelts and hang on....first we look at "Every Day Cars"


1984 Dodge Caravan

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Interesting Fact Introduced in November 1983 for the 1984 model year along with sister models, the Chrysler Town and Country, and the Plymouth Voyager (later Chrysler Voyager). The first modern minivans, the Chrysler company minivans are credited with creating the entire market segment for these vehicles


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the grandaddy of all mini vans. I still to this day see Dodge Caravans similar to the one pictured above driving the streets. The styling was pretty basic. The Wood looking paneling along the doors was a trademark of family vehichles. In some ways I prefer it to todays minivans. It was more of a "Can Do" van than today's fancy-smancy people movers. So anytime you see a Caravan, Don't quickly dismiss the Founding Father of the Mini Van.


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1971 Ford Pinto


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Interesting Fact Ford rushed its newest car the Pinto into production in much less time than is usually required to develop a car. The regular time to produce an automobile is 43 months Ford took 25.


Ahhh....The humble Pinto. This car has made several list as one of the worst production cars ever. It was released by Ford as an entry into the small car market, which was dominated by Volkswagon and japanese automakers. There still around, some people just can't let them go. They were notorious for their poorly designed gas tanks. Which would turn a light rear end "Bump" into a smouldering explosion of metal and glass. Not the nicest design Ford has ever produced but the Pinto left its name on pop culture none the less. Come on? you wish you could drive around in a modded out Pinto...

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1996 Buick Road Master Station Wagon


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Interesting Fact GM discontinued both the Roadmaster sedan and the Roadmaster Estate Wagon in 1996. This was blamed on the smaller but more expensive and luxurious Park Avenue growing in size; the Roadmaster trim levels never exceeded that of the smaller but still full-sized Buick LeSabre. Another reason was largely a response to the SUV craze


To me, This was the last of the great American station wagons The Buick Road Master Station Wagon originally debuted in 1991. Where I am at Buick's are considered an "Old Man's" car. However The Road Master exudes "Family car" I could just imagine a cross country road trip with the family in one of these beauties. In the Movie National Lampoon's Vacation The Griswolds go on a long and exhausting ride to Walley World in a "Family Truckster" which was a custom Ford Station Wagon. Sadly real Station wagons are gone due to Suv and Crossovers. But there will always be a place in my driveway for the original family car.

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1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer


article imageInteresting FactThe final 1,560 SJ Grand Wagoneers were produced in the 1991 model year. Each had a "Final Edition" badge on the dashboard. A number of vehicles may have been produced as 1992 models to fulfill existing orders


A Station Wagon on Steroids That's what I think of when I see the Grand Wagoneer. The 4 wheel beasts have become a collectors item where I'm at. I like these because they have that classic styling with the wood trim earthy paint tones. Nothing says "Lets go camping" quite like the Wagoneer, there was the 80's Toyota Land Cruisers which were similar but I liked the Jeep better. With 4 wheel drive and good ground clearence this would have made a great terrain vehichle. And to think that the MSRP was only 10,500 Brand New!


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1990 Pontiac Transport


article imageInteresting FactFirst shown to the public in 1986, the Pontiac Trans Sport concept car was extremely well received. It featured futuristic styling, individually removable bucket seats with built-in stereo speakers, a gull-wing rear passenger door and extensive use of glass including a glass-paneled roof as well as many other "dream car" features.