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Autotrader Find: 1991 Ford Aerostar Time Capsule

Back in the early 1990s, the whole "minivan" thing still hadn’t been figured out yet — many minivans were still plugging rear-wheel drive (Toyota Previa, Chevy Astro), various door types were still being tested (the Honda Odyssey had standard hinged rear doors through 1998!), and nobody was really doing sliding doors on the driver’s side yet. The Ford Aerostar is certainly among the now-hilarious early minivan attempts. See the 1991 Ford Aerostar models for sale near you

And the Ford Aerostar pictured here is maybe the best example of it. This is a 1991 Aerostar 4WD Extended, and it’s offered by Victory Motors in Longmont, Colorado, north of Denver and Boulder, for $6,999. Nearly seven grand may seem like big money for an Aerostar, but this is quite possibly the nicest Aerostar left.

To start, the drivetrain: This Aerostar comes with the van’s biggest engine, a 4.0-liter V6, and it also features all-wheel drive. And, to make things even more appealing, it’s the extended-length version, meaning it offers 3-row seating and a cargo area behind the last row. Basically, this was the boss Aerostar back in 1991.

That is, of course, hard to imagine today, looking at the anteater-shaped profile and the mediocre interior, including the poor materials, the hugely tall gear lever and the absurd trees on the cloth seat trim. But at one point, this Aerostar was special, purchased by some excited family needing transportation, and it remains special today — if only because it’s the best-preserved Aerostar in the world. If you want to re-live the minivan days of the 1990s, here’s your chance. Find a 1991 Ford Aerostar for sale

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  1. Our family has owned 7 of these minimum we love them and can’t get enough of them. My brother recently bought one with the 5 speed manual overdrive 3.0L v6 extended length passenger what a super rare find. Oh and he loves it. Wish Ford had kept making aerobics would’ve been better than Windstar. Oh well can’t have everything.

  2. When I was in college, my school had a fleet of Aerostars that work-study students would have to use to run errands or things like that. The thing I remember most is spending 15 or 20 minutes one time trying to figure out where the headlight switch was.

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a multitude of magazine publications and websites, including here at Autotrader — where he launched the Oversteer enthusiast blog — along with Jalopnik, GQ, and The Week. His YouTube channel has hundreds of published videos and has racked up hundreds of millions of views. Today, Doug lives in San Diego, California, with his 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 NAS, 2005 Ford GT, and 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon.

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