Way, way Back in the Early or Mid-Fifties -
the Little NASH Rambler - The Metropolitan -
Got 50 + Miles Per Gallon ...
A Cute Lil 4-Cyl - Way 'Before Its Time'!
NOW - 60 years Later -
Toyota Ads BRAG -
About 52 MPG ...
© - Tom Hyland - 4/7/12
Three days a week, that I deliver Rx’s -
Am naturally, constantly in Traffic.
As a normally Observant Person -
Notice: Makes, Models, Tags, Logos, and Bumper Stickers.
Just the other day, in front of me, stopped at a Light -
Was a Big, Fat, Wide - Chrysler SUV - Town & Country -
My mind started to Wander - Back in Time -
Was it ’74 or ’75? When I First was In One?
Anyway, let’s say it was Thirty-Five Years Ago -
It was a Brand New Line from Chrysler Motors -
Something Different - and Stylish - and Really Nice!
They Introduced - Drum Roll - The Mini Van!
WOW! A smaller version of the older, bigger, Van!
They were Tall - you could Stand Up Inside!
Fitted Out with: Captain’s Chairs, that Swiveled!
Real Wooden Details - Cup-Holders, Consoles, Dashboards ...
A ‘Slider’ Door, Passenger Side, Rear Storage Area -
Conversion Features: Table, Beds, Folding Seats -
Fancy Curtains Everywhere - like I said: ‘WOW’!
Unsure of Price - but think in the $16K Range?
There was a Recession going On -
I had been Fired, and couldn’t get a Job in Management ...
So, took a job as an Electrolux Vacuum Salesman!
Went with my Manager to see these New ‘Babies’!
We were Both Drooling!
What a ‘Step-Up’ from the Old Station Wagons!
Taller, Fancier, Sleeker, More Practical.
More Utilitarian, More Modern, More WOW!
They Offered: The Chrysler Town & Country -
The Dodge Caravan - and the Plymouth Voyager!
Although Different Models, with Different Amenities -
And Different Custom Features - All Were ‘SHARP’!
What Ever Happened to THEM?
Apparently, some ‘Wise-Guy’ in Detroit -
Decided years later, that Fat, Ugly, Gas-Guzzling SUV’s
Would be Better? DUH?
NO WAY - JOSE’ !
Through all these Thirty-Five Years or So -
The Change Occurred - and Yet ...
Even Today - they Kept the Same Model Names!
Town & Country - Caravan - Voyager ...
Way Back in ’96, I had an ’86 GMC Custom Van -
It was a Full-Size, Really Big ‘Boat’ -
With All the Amenities mentioned Above,
And Then Some!
Oh - To be Sure - I Loved it for Some Time -
And used it to Haul ‘Stuff’ ...
But as Gas Prices Constantly Rose -
It ‘GUZZLED’ me to Death!
In 2000, Traded it In for a ’97 Honda Civic!
“Oh, What a Difference!”
From ‘Goliath’ ... Down to ‘David’!
My Bank Account Thanked Me!
Aah - How Well I Remember -
‘The Good Old Days’!
© - TKH.
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|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|Those Good Old Days are sadly gone for good,
We should all remember them, yes, we should.
|Reviewed by Richard King
|Thanks Tom, I enjoyed that little journey.
Back in those days I hadn't digested the concept of "BUY AMERICAN" as yet and at the old age of 19, I bought a brand new 1963 VW Beetle. Loved it, 32 to 36 mpg.... Don't recall the talk about the mpg of the little Nash, but I remember we laughed at them. Hard to believe that they got that kind of mileage when my little 40 horse power VW never got better than 37, but you'd be the one to know and I'd never doubt you.
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|If I had my choice, I'd be driving a sports car with a four-cylinder, turbocharged engine, getting performance and 40 miles per gallon. I got rid of my big block, 425 CID 66 Toronado 4 barrel carburetor, gas guzzler for a more economical 350 CID 73 Monte Carlo two barrel carburetor, gas guzzler in 1975. After over 300,000 miles I had to stop driving the Monte Carlo because I physically couldn't handle it unmodified anymore.
Enter the minivan. In 1995, Vantage Mobility Incorporated, VMI, converted the 1995 Ford Windstar so that it could be entered and driven by wheelchair. After three years of riding a public service I choose to call MetroLate, I was offered a deal I couldn't refuse by the generous Texas Rehabilitation Commission, TRC. If I bought a new 1998 Ford Windstar, TRC would pay for the modifications. $15,000 for the VMI conversion, and $55,000 for the Electro-Mobility Controls, EMC, high-tech and gas brake and steering controls.
After 95,000 miles of going to work and taking trips with the Windstar, and paying the price of high maintenance on the disability modifications, I decided to trade it in on a new vehicle. I bought a 2006 Ford FreeSTAR and had the newly formed Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, DARS, fund the VMI conversion $20,000 and the EMC conversion $70,000. I now have 50,000 miles on the FreeStar and no major repair cost to date. Although Ford no longer makes minivans because Chrysler created cheaper versions, and is still competitive, Honda and Toyota have entered the field with much more expensive vehicles with lower mileage and higher performance, I credit minivans with saving my lifestyle and allowing me to continue to work until full retirement.
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|I drive what I can afford, and sometimes not even that...but I do remember the Nash, my dad had one for a short time...it broke down more than it ran, if I remember correctly, being VERY young at the time...Dad was never one to use expletives, but with that car I learned alot from dad...Jurseeeeeeeeeeeeey|
|Reviewed by Amor Sabor
|It brought back memories seeing the picture of the little Nash Rambler Metropolitan...You did not need a very big engine to power such a small car and its shape cut through the air a lot easier than the big heavy boxes of the day.|