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Days of the Shaggin’ Wagon

The streets of the 1970s were littered with a variety of vehicles: badass muscle cars, massive gas-guzzling “land yachts” your parents drove, new economy cars to handle the gas crisis, motorcycles (always ridden without helmets), and, of course, VANS. There were no minivans in the 1970s. This was a time before the van had been tamed, before it had been neutered into the soccer-mom machine that it is today. In the 1970s, vans didn’t carry spoiled kids drinking juice-boxes and watching Spongebob…. quite the contrary. Vans were basically a bedroom on wheels. No Spongebob, no juice boxes, no trips to organized sporting events in the suburbs…. just lots of sex and recreational drug use. You might say the 1970s full-size van was the crazy uncle of the modern minivan – the uncle that lived dangerously in the 70s, then flamed out at decade’s end… read more and view the gallery>

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