By Jay Ramey, Crain News Service
DETROIT (Sept. 11, 2013) — This year has seen quite a few important automotive milestones.
Aston Martin celebrated its centennial, and the Porsche 911 turned 50, as did the Lotus Elan. Even Cunningham had a milestone to celebrate, with the marque founded by Briggs Cunningham turning 60. An anniversary you might not have heard about with all the hubbub surrounding the celebrations at Pebble Beach, Lime Rock and other venues is the Chrysler minivan turning 30.
That's right, it's been 30 years since the former Chrysler Corp. hit a home run—at the 11th hour as per usual—and launched the Town & Country minivan. That milestone liberated millions of kids from the drudgery of riding in the back of the family station wagons to and from sporting events.
And now that we've reached a point in time when people are actually nostalgic about riding in the cargo areas of faux-wood bedecked station wagons, Chrysler Group L.L.C. is debuting a special edition Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of its Chrysler and Dodge minivans.
The Chrysler Town & Country 30th Anniversary Edition will be based on the Touring-L model and will feature 17-inch wheels with polished faces, "30th Anniversary" badging and Granite Crystal paint as an option. This special edition will use the 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, making 283 hp.
Interior touches will include black Alcantara seat inserts with napa seat bolsters, piano-black steering wheel bezel, and a "30th Anniversary" logo in the gauge cluster. The Convenience Group options will be standard in this model, which means it'll have heated first- and second-row seating, power adjustable pedals and a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, in addition to other luxury touches.