Under the category of “When was the last time you saw one of these” is this 1973 Ford Econoline E300 One Ton Super Van we found on Craigslist in September 2019 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts where the current caretaker is looking for $11,500. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide currently lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range for these vans at $2,500, $6,775, and $11,70o, respectively. Given the pictures provided in this post still show snow on the ground, we sense the private seller has been trying to sell his Van for a while now, so there’s likely room for some negotiation.
Launched as 1969 model in January 1968 following lengthy UAW strike, the second generation moved away from the Falcon-based, forward-control design of the van it replaced and now shared many of its underpinnings with the F-series full-size pickups. The new design facilitated a conventional, albeit very short, hood that aided engine cooling and easier access for routine maintenance.
This preserved 1973 E300 One Ton Econoline features a 302 cubic inch small block Windsor V8 mated to a “three-on-the-tree” column-shifted manual transmission. Other features include a custom interior, side pipes, mood lighting, no windows, and a slider door.
While the customized van craze hit its stride in the late seventies, most of those examples have long been scrapped so its neat to find an “uncut one” (as the seller puts it) such as this one. Not only will this example make a great van for tailgates, we’re positive you’ll get a lot of attention showing it any car show you enter it. Good luck with the purchase!