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Old 11-23-2015, 11:58 AM
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Only three prototypes made, Jeep would have beat Chrysler to the minivan by 25 years if they had gone ahead and sold these:

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In 61 chevy made the greenbrier which was corvair based.But first minivan would be the vw bus.
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In 61 chevy made the greenbrier which was corvair based.But first minivan would be the vw bus.
True, but this would have beat the Greenbriar by 3 years, and it has styling and interior appointments much more in tune with automobiles of the day than either the Greenbriar or the VW. (The main advance Chrysler had was building a van that drove and felt pretty much like a car.) If it had been built with 4WD available this Jeep van would have been even further ahead of the curve.
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What i find funny is people think dodge made the first fwd van ever,The citroen hy van was fwd in 1947.
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That is amazing! I love the FC Jeeps. Maybe some day I can add an FC150 to my collection.
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True, but this would have beat the Greenbriar by 3 years, and it has styling and interior appointments much more in tune with automobiles of the day than either the Greenbriar or the VW. (The main advance Chrysler had was building a van that drove and felt pretty much like a car.) If it had been built with 4WD available this Jeep van would have been even further ahead of the curve.
The Toyota Previa was the first mini van I remember seeing but looking it up the Caravan predates it a few years and the Aerostar was between them.

This Jeep though does look really cool, even better than most of the early mini vans.

http://cj3b.info/Photos/Fire/Ambulan...CAmbulance.jpg

http://cj3b.info/Fire/FireAmbulances.html (near the bottom)

Looks like Jeep did produce something along these lines but for use as ambulances.

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