1955 GMC L'Universelle
1955 GMC Concept Car. Though Chrysler executive Lee Iacocca and his designers generally are credited with inventing the minivan in the early 1980s, Harley Earl came up with a remarkably similar concept a quarter-century before them. The L’Universelle, a front-wheel-drive car/truck hybrid with the driver’s compartment in front of the engine, was nearly a foot lower than conventional panel trucks, yet had as much space inside as much larger vehicles.
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