Well, it’s probably not as much of a landmark vehicle as its contemporaries, the Chrysler and Renault minivans, none of them came with such a remarkably short wheelbase or escape pod styline.
Its unpretentious manner and durable mechanics give it a definite charm, and any additional owner-added modifications just end up looking the business.
In all seriousness, however, it is crazy to think that car enthusiasts so readily declare these cars as nothing more than humdrum and uninteresting. Toyota vans have had millions more miles on their collective odometers than probably every Ferrari ever built put together. If Toyota Vans like this one are just plain, everyday appliances, then they only show more clearly the habits and traditions of automobile use.
Car culture is always being defined by its extremities, and for good reason. The strange, unusual, rare cases of automobile history elucidate the trends and standards of mainstream motoring by testing their boundaries.
The Toyota Van “proved” no realities of driving and owning an automobile, but it is a clear picture of what transportation looked like to a vast number of delivery drivers and frugal families. For that it is interesting, and for its rough dynamics and intergalactic styling, I love this old Toyota Van.
I found my information on the Toyota Van at Toyoland.com and on wikipedia:
Also, some Toyota Vans showed up on DOTS, but I’m still waiting for Curbside Classics to do a piece on these old Toyotas: