Maybe the minivan’s image is just a bit too wholesome; if so, the Town & Country Black Jack is here to help.
It’s never too early to teach kids to be card sharks, so why not put a blackjack table in the minivan?
That’s exactly what was done here. The two Swivel ‘n Go second-row seats were replaced with one, center-mounted, rear-facing seat for the dealer. The third-row bench was stripped out in favor of a curved, suede-upholstered banquet – for the players. An illuminated, clear-topped half-round table is rimmed in carbon fiber, creating a cooler playing surface than the standard-issue table in the Swivel ‘n Go minivan. The floor, too, has an LED-illuminated clear panel, and the roof has two long, fixed-glass sections (which actually are being considered for production).
The overhead console in the roof also houses a more authentic casino element-hidden cameras, one trained on the dealer and one on the players. The cameras can project their images onto a dash-mounted PC (an Azentek Atlas 1000) that sits in the spot usually occupied by the nav system. They also can project onto a 32-inch plasma screen mounted behind the banquet and visible with the liftgate open. The front seats and the second-row seat are reupholstered in satin-black leather, with silver-and-black perforated suede insets.
Outside, the look was influenced by the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas, according to Marc Reisen, of Chrysler‘s advanced design studio. Blacked-out tail lamps and dark tinted windows help give it a monolithic look, set off by 20-inch wheels, behind which are brakes from a SRT8. The paint looks black, but it’s actually called amber black pearl, and it appears burnt orange in the sunlight. “We’re hoping to see this thing cruising up and down the Strip and drawing people in,” says Reisen. What could be more appropriate in Vegas?