The 1968 Ford Econoline revolutionized van design by moving the engine all the way to the front under a short hood. This was also the first time in which the Econoline was available with a V-8, and other options from power assisted steering, to Air Conditioning. This is the template that the others used to redesign their a few years later. This version of the Ford E-Series was in production between 1968 and 1974. The question is this: Does the second generation Ford Econoline have what it takes to become a blue chip collectible?
Our first classic snub nosed Econoline is this 1969 Supervan. According to the listing:
Our pride and joy surf van is now up for sale, a 1969 Ford E100 Econoline Super Van. It has a 302 V8, auto transmission and runs strong. The body is in amazing condition, like an Arizona desert car. As “rust free” as you’ll find anywhere. This was a fire department’s vehicle and was well taken care of and garage kept. When we stripped the 20+ year old paint, there were no rust holes except for 1 spot on the pull out step. Check the jams in the doors. We gave her a new life with a fun fresh Ford Wintergreen green paint job. Photos don’t do it justice. This “SuperVan” was Ford’s E100 supersize option which gave you a larger wheelbase and 4500lb load capacity. Perfect to load all the gear you and your friends need to take to the beach. Right now the cargo area is a blank canvas and we have lots of ideas for customization (hot/cold showers, generator, bamboo floors, wood surf racks, etc).
This van shows only 97,000 miles and is offered for $7,500. Is this van worth the money? See the AutoTrader Classics listing here.
The next van is a bit on the rough side. This is a 1972 model, wearing the only revision this generation would wear, a different grill. According to the listing:
V8 – 302 Manual Transmissions, 4 Speed on the Floor, California Van – No Rust, Private Seller. Has not been started or driven in years. Mileage Unknown, Needs Restoration. Purchased from original owners family.
So what would a rough, non running, 2nd generation be worth? Well, it is currently stalled at $311, with 2 days left. Do you think this van is worth it? See the listing here.
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