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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David Tracy

Writer, Jalopnik. 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle, 1985 Jeep J10, 1948 Willys CJ-2A, 1995 Jeep Cherokee, 1992 Jeep Cherokee auto, 1991 Jeep Cherokee 5spd, 1976 Jeep DJ-5D, totaled 2003 Kia Rio