The Chrysler minivans changed the automotive landscape in the 1980’s. With the debut of the “magic wagon”, the minivan created a new vehicle segment that no one expected.
With the 35th anniversary of the minivan upon us, our friend, David Zatz, has taken the time to catalog the history of minivan including the process involved to design, engineer, and produce one of the most iconic vehicles in his new book “Mopar Minivans – Creating the first 20 years on Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth “magic wagons”.
The best part about this book is that it provides complete back story of how the minivan came to be. With insight from Chrysler employees like Burton Bouwkamp, Milt Antonick, and Bob Steele the whole story of the minivan is told with historical imagery collected directly from the engineers and designers that we involved in the project
But the book does not stop at the design and implementation of the original minivan, it proceeds to move forward and follow the minivan through the first refresh and into the redesign for the second generation version of the van. If you are interested in not only the history of one of the most influential vehicles ever made then I highly recommend this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the first hand look at the process of how a vehicle goes from an idea on a piece of paper to become a manufactured trend setter.
Mopar Minivans is available in a high quality paperback from Amazon or a value paperback from Barnes & Noble (save 15% by using the code SAVE15). The Amazon paperback has better quality images. For eBook fans, the book is available on Amazon Kindle.