There are Minivans and There are Mini Vans


This is the third version of Joe Farace Shoots Cars and one of the previous iterations included desktop images of my car photography along with pithy sayings. One was “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Minivans” and summed up my opinion of these so-called mommy-mobiles. Sales of minivans are down—way down—although some pundits are always saying a comeback is right around a corner. I don’t think so. The crossover has buried the minivan and is the brand new king. But it wasn’t always that way. And vans weren’t always big.

The A35 was a small family car that sold by Austin from 1956 until 1968. In, 1959 A35 passenger cars were replaced by the new A40 Farina models in but the estate car version continued until 1962 and the mini Van until 1968. The A35 sat on a 79.5-inch wheelbase and had an overall length of 136.5 inches. By comparison a 2017 Ford Fiesta sits on a 98-inch wheelbase and has an overall length of 170 inches. And this just in: the 2018 Fiesta will be larger.

All in all, some 280,897 A35s of all types were produced including vans such this one that I photographed in Prospect Colorado.This image was made with my Canon EOS 50D before it was converted to infrared and shot using the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens (at 17mm.) Exposure was 1/400 sec at f/145 and ISO 800.

screen-shot-2017-02-24-at-7-29-26-amIn 1956, a two-door deluxe saloon (sedan) with the 948 cc engine was tested by the British Motor magazine and found to have a top speed of 71.9 mph and could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 30.1 seconds. A fuel consumption of 34.6 mpg was recorded.

For Wallace & Gromit fans, an A35 van was featured in the 2005 movie, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. (I think it’s green like this one.) The movie is available on DVD form amazon for five bucks and if your not familiar with this series, you will love—and laugh out loud—at this movie.