When it comes to going out for the daily drive, nothing quite beats a smooth ride. A vehicle that fits you and four more, while having the sleek speed to boot. You don’t want to go wrong with your choice of a car to take out on an everyday basis, because in every way, this car represents you. This hulk of metal, gasoline and windshield wipers is essentially you, as a car. And the least you can do is respect it as such and honor it’s legacy as the sound you’ll inevitably make, vrooming down the highway. Take a look at these choice choices for your next getaway van, or sedan, and tell me you aren’t impressed. Because you will be.
Back in the eighties, Mazda was hellbent on producing a two-seat convertible made for the performer on an off-day. Early versions used a 1.6-liter aspirated enough to come up with 116 horsepower. The model’s usually a light weight, at around 2100 pounds. That’s given you have independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and a well-tuned weight distribution that allowed for future additions. Such included four-speed automatic transmission in 1991 as well as anti-lock brakes. The packages of choices offered with the model are beyond amazingly considerate to the daily consumer.
Chevrolet Impala, 1965
The Chevy Impala enjoys a daily dosage of nostalgia whenever a consumer comes across it’s powerful stock car legacy. This vehicle, known for it’s Roy Mayne usage in NASCAR, has a powerful engine some gearheads would even consider lesser. It’s known some individuals have modded the model to be better suited with a 375-horsepower V8 engine with the promise of Americana more evident than ever. In 1965, Chevrolet sold 1,000,000 Impalas. In 2019, they only sold around 45,000 units. Sometimes, you’ve got to know when to quit. But so long as you’re in an Impala, quitting has never felt so good.
Dodge Caravan, 1984
A minivan to begin all minivans, nothing was quite like the Dodge Caravan when it first hit the streets so long ago. Back then, Chrysler needed to combo a vehicle that used an expansive stow space while having tremendous power behind it’s propulsion. Obviously built on the S platform, the 1984 model had a 2.2-liter, 99-horsepower engine and gave way for anyone interested in either a 3-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual. Unfortunately, the Caravan did go through multiple recalls in it’s premiere year. But practice makes perfect, right? Look at the modern-day minivans! Indestructible.
1981 AMC Eagle Wagon
Not the most usual of elder vehicles to be submitted for consideration, you must admit, the four-wheel drive on this was a power to reckon with. It was the world’s first mass-market unibody 4×4. It typically comes equipped with a three-speed automatic transmission and 4.2 liter. Certainly, something that maybe the Ford Explorers from Jurassic Park looked to as inspiration.
Chrysler New Yorker
An ever-evolving model, with a lifespan from 1940 to 1996, the model started off with a four-speed semi-auto transmission and would end with a much quieter engine and standard interior. Luckily, it still had the luxury of it’s hey-day.
We hope you’ll consider our guide, or at least consider smartly, when you have one of these vintage vehicles to own.