Here’s one of my favorite Autotrader Find vehicles in recent memory: a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan that’s been beautifully preserved like some sort of high-end exotic car. It’s offered for sale by Brooks Biddle Automotive, which is in the Seattle area, and it’s finished in a hilarious 1990s Dodge van color combination: gold with a beige interior.
I think the thing that I like so much about this van is that nobody has really bothered to preserve these things, even though they were so important to American automobile life in the 1990s. Who didn’t spend a little time in the back of one of these as a kid growing up in that decade, or in the front as a parent driving? And yet, this era has largely been forgotten, as these vans have been used hard with no thought given to saving them for future generations.
In spite of that, here’s this one. It’s a 1998 Grand Caravan SE, which is a low-end model with cloth seats and hubcaps. The interior is precisely as I remember it from many family trips where this was the rental vehicle, with large panel gaps and big buttons. I also remember just how innovative this van seemed when this particular body style debuted in 1996, as it was the first minivan with dual sliding doors.
According to the Carfax report, this van has only had one owner: the government. It was purchased new in May 1998 and registered for government use, perhaps explaining the low number of miles and overall nice condition. The government impressively used it for 20 years, and now it’s available to you — for the surprisingly affordable price of $5,632. Not bad for a pristine minivan.
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