1984 Plymouth Voyager (van)
“And here’s where I go on record. I predict the Voyager and Caravan will be to the Eighties what the Mustang was to the Sixties – vehicles that create extraordinary excitement and buyer interest and force other manufacturers to come up with copycat versions.
As revolutionary as the Mustang? Now that’s a hellava strong statement. You know, the Mustang became both a sales legend and a classic car in its own time. But I feel that our minivan vehicles will do all of that, too – this design, frankly is more revolutionary than the Mustang was…”
—- Prepared Remarks by Lee A. Iacocca, Chairman of the Board, Chrysler Corporation, at the T-Wagon Rollout, Windsor, Ontario, November 2, 1983
The Chrysler minivan (Voyager, Caravan and Mini Ram Van) was launched in November of 1983 after Lee Iacocca gave the above speech and “Magic Wagon No. 1” rolled off the assembly line. Chrysler had teased the minivan for months leading up to its official release and it had already been a featured story in the May 1983 Car and Driver magazine where noted automotive writer, Brock Yates stated: “If we were Forbes instead of C/D, we would have one word of advice: buy Chrysler stock.” And Brock was right. Chrysler had successfully repaid its massive debts and was on the upswing after virtually collapsing by the late 1970s and the minivan helped ensure the future of Chrysler. The minivan sold out for years afterward and continues to dominate the segment as competitors flocked to the market. While there were plenty of compact, small, and even “mini” vans that came before the Caravan and Voyager, there did not exist a specific category around the format or the popularity until the release of the Chrysler front-wheel-drive version.
The Caravan and Voyager, known initially as the T-115 internally, was the result of years of development. Hal Sperlich, Chrysler President by 1983, had previously worked at Ford with Lee Iacocca where they conceived two different “garagable vans” but neither made it to production. When the pair ended up at Chrysler they were met with that company’s past work on the concept and combined with the K-car platform, produced a front-wheel-drive offering that was as easy to drive as a small car but featured more room than a station wagon and could easily fit in to a standard garage.
210,000 Caravans and Voyagers were sold by the end of 1984 – all that they were able to produce. Today over 13 million minivans have been sold despite the drop in popularity by approximately 2000 with the surge in SUV sales.
Paint and exterior
This vehicle is in original, unrestored condition. It has had minor repairs and features the original gold paint and woodgrain.
Upholstery and Interior
This vehicle’s interior is in original unrestored condition. It features beige cloth seats.
Original Engine: Yes
Chrysler-built liquid-cooled, SOHC inline-4 cyl 135cid/96hp with 2-barrel Holley carburetor. Original and unrestored.
This vehicle was originally used for display and exhibition and remains in the same capacity in the Stellantis collection. Its total mileage is 12,188 miles.
Wheels and tires
14” aluminum wheels. 205/70 R14 Goodyear Vector radial tires
Hyd. power assist brakes. Disc/drum
Chrysler TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transaxle