1986 Dodge Caravan

Description
In the late 1970s, Chrysler designed a small but spacious van that looked and handled like a station wagon. Introduced in late 1983, the Dodge Caravan was a major success. Strong sales helped Chrysler recover from its financial difficulties and upstage Japanese imports. Minivans were popular family vehicles; Fred and Maryann Knoche of suburban Detroit bought this one because their car was too small for family vacations. Short on style but long on utility, the Caravan and other minivans became identified with expanded work for homemakers. Maryann Knoche used this minivan to drive daughter Adrienne’s softball team to practice and games.
Object Name
automobile
date made
1986
used date
1986-2001
owner
Knoche, Fred
Knoche, Maryann
maker
Chrysler Corporation
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
glass (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 190 1/2 in x 69 5/8 in x 65 in; 483.87 cm x 176.784 cm x 165.1 cm
place made
United States: Michigan
used
United States: Michigan, Warren
ID Number
2003.0287.01
accession number
2003.0287
catalog number
2003.0287.01
subject
Road Transportation
Transportation
See more items in
Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Road Transportation
Exhibition
America on the Move
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Daimler Chrysler Corporation
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