When the Chevrolet Suburban was first launched as a mammoth eight-seater vehicle with removable seats, folding second-row seats and a 60-horsepower inline-six, the U.S. was in the grips of the Great Depression.
With the 2020 model year, this venerable people-mover turns an astonishing 85 years old.
That makes the Suburban, the forerunner to the modern SUV, the longest-running automotive nameplate, surpassing the Ford F-Series trucks (1948), the Toyota Land Cruiser (1951) and the Corvette (1953).
I don’t know what the first version cost, but you can easily spend up to $71,000+ for one of these that is fully decked-out.
Our first new car was a 1966 Volkswagen.
During our drive, just after buying it, we decided to turn on the heater. There was a knob you twisted to allow air into the cabin from a system using engine heat. Nobody told us that they put oil in system to keep it from rusting while being shipped across the ocean from Germany. Anyway, the car filled with smoke very quickly. We had to open the windows and drive for quite a distance before it burned away. It was fine after that.
- Fuel Gauge
- Wiper Control
- Ash Tray & lighter, which we never used
My, how cars have changed.