1986 Dodge Caravan


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.

Date Made: 1986Used Date: 1986-2001

Owner: Knoche, FredKnoche, MaryannMaker: Chrysler Corporation

Place Made: United States: MichiganUsed: United States: Michigan, Warren

See more items in: Work and Industry: Transportation, Road, Automobiles, America on the Move, Transportation, Road Transportation

Exhibition: America On The Move

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Daimler Chrysler Corporation

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2003.0287.01Accession Number: 2003.0287Catalog Number: 2003.0287.01

Object Name: automobile

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-19e8-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1305102

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