August 10, 2019
Spotted this Chrysler Town & Country, c1977, pulling out of a Williamsville parking lot a few weeks ago. This was a b-i-g station wagon! Actually, Chrysler told us in their advertising that it was “…really more than a wagon. It (was) an ultimate expression of luxury motoring.” With 102.4 cubic feet of cargo space, the T&C was capable of doing something that most of today’s $70k pickup trucks can’t do: carry a 4’ x 8’ sheet of plywood — and do it without moving the front seats forward! Which means that it could probably also hold most of the neighborhood kids back there, with the seats folded down, for those unbelted-in trips to the beach we all took back in the day. A 440cid V8 was standard, as was a 20-gallon gas tank. Any kind of radio however — remember, this was 1977 — was still an extra-cost option, as were a/c and power windows (and it was a l-o-n-g reach across the front seat to roll down the passenger-side window if you were driving alone!).
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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