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Guilty Pleasure: 1989-90 Turbo 5-Speed Chrysler Minivan


1989 Dodge Caravan

1989 Dodge Caravan

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We went a little crazy last week, diving into the toxic waters of Triumph Stag ownership, but you'd probably manage to find a handful of people who thought the Stag was quasi-cool.

Where's the guilt?

So, this week we'll be returning to Detroit and a vehicle that's both completely ridiculous and so comprehensively uncool that you'd be able to travel through several time zones without finding a single self-proclaimed car freak who would admit to the slightest admiration for it.

I speak, of course, of the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager minivans, which were available for two years with both manual transmissions and a turbocharged Chrysler 2.5-liter engine. That's right, 150 torque-steerin' horses and a clutch pedal!

Granted, the 1989-90 K-platform-based Chrysler minivans weighed about 3,000 pounds, but imagine gutting the interior and then turning up the boost in one!

After seeing one of these vans (painted as the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine) blowing away Sentra SE-Rs and Nissan 300ZXs at Thunderhill Raceway in the Arse Sweat-a-Palooza 24 Hours of LeMons, I came to realize that there's great sleeper potential in a turbo five-speed Voyager or Caravan. Yes, they'll all laugh at me… but that's how Guilty Pleasures work.

Photograph courtesy of Head-On Photos.


1989 Dodge Caravan

1989 Dodge Caravan

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  1. Hey!! Owned one back in the day!!!
    They were , with the Grand Nationals and Mustangs,The original,' Mini-Muscle Vans'!!
     
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  2. nope, you're not going to be receiving any kudos from me. you have found a guilty pleasure that you shoudl be feeling extremely guilty about :)
     
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  3. Added a front mount intercoler, & a couple of extra fuel injectors to one of these & ran low 12 sec. quarter miles!
    Spanking muscle cars on Sat nite in a Dodge Caravan... there reactions... Priceless!
     
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