Vans were big in the 1960s. Ford, General Motors and Chrysler each had similarly snazzy entries into the segment, all of which owed more than a little to the hippie-tastic Volkswagen Type 2, which had defined this peculiar, flat-faced animal back in 1950. Among the Americans, the Dodge A100 was, with complete subjectivity, the coolest, with big round headlamps, a split windscreen and a jaunty 90-inch wheelbase (a less jaunty 108in-wheelbase model joined the range in 1967). They were tough, too, and versatile, accommodating a variety of Chrysler’s slant-six engines and even a couple of V8s between the front seats. (Chrysler Group)
Runner up: 1991-97 Toyota Previa
Toyota’s first commercials for the Previa looked, quite intentionally, like a documentary on the Roswell Incident. But within the Previa’s orbicular body lurked something really clever: a mid-engine layout perfect for a battery pack and EV accoutrements.