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author photo by Doug DeMuro December 2017

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.

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.

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