Photo: Chevrolet via Oldcarmanualproject
Photo: Chevrolet via Oldcarmanualproject

Back in 1957, if you wanted tons of interior space, you didn’t have to buy an SUV or a minivan. You could opt for this Chevrolet Bel Air Townsman, an inline six or V8 powered six-passenger station wagon that could be had with the silky smooth Turboglide transmission (a novel design consisting essentially of three torque converters lined up in series).

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Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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BrianGriffin thinks “reliable” is just a state of mind

I wish I was around in the 50s because I’ve always been curious: roads, driveways, garages, and parking spots were all more narrow; how’d people drive these huge things without power steering and not collide all the damn time?