Repeating the international motif of last week’s Used Car Face-Off, today we have three minivans of the ‘80s and ‘90s which hail from the U.S., Japan, and Germany, respectively. However, to make things a bit more exciting (or as exciting as minivans can be) we have one front-engine FWD, one mid-engine AWD, and one rear-engine RWD. Which will turn out to be the best bargain? Here are the options:

The first contestant: 1995 Chrysler Town & Country - $2950

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First off, we have the predecessor to what many regard as the first modern minivan. This FWD, front transverse V6 K car was a step up from the standard Dodge Caravan as a LWB, leather-lined, ‘luxury’ people hauler complete with hood ornament and white wall tires! Will this refurbished and garage-kept example with 178K miles and a rebuilt transmission be your entry into the seven seater world?

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The second contestant: 1991 Toyota Previa All-Trac - $2800

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Behold, the marvel of the mid-engined minivan! An evolution from earlier cab-over Hiace, the drawback of the Previa was that a larger engine would not fit in the same small space under the drivers’ seat. A supercharger would somewhat remedy the issue, but the mid-engined minivan was not to be. This one, despite lacking the S/C, does come rocking steelies and an AWD system on its 216K mile chassis. Will this ultra-durable Hilux in an egg be your key to minivanning?

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The third contestant: 1984 Volkswagen Camper T3 - $3500

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Finally we have a more modern take on the traditional air-cooled VW bus. This one is one of the cheapest I could find and is a bit rough around the edges, but looks to be mechanically solid. RWD and manual, this is the ultimate “enthusiasts” van with <100 hp. Is it a right fit for you?

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