Have you noticed that, until recently, vans haven’t changed much? And have you noticed that, recently, vans are changing a lot? There’s a reason, and it’s largely down to Mercedes.
Fifty years ago — and I promise, this all has something to do with vans — chicken was considered a delicacy in Europe, so America started dumping cheap chickens in the Old World. The European Common Market got miffed at this and slapped a hefty import tax on American poultry, so President Johnson put a retaliatory 25-percent tariff on several European imports, including commercial trucks. And while most items have since been removed from the so-called Chicken Tax, vans remain.