Posted in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania here on Craigslist late last week is this 1964 Ford Econoline Van with a documented 25,790 miles the current care taker who found it is currently asking $9,500 firm for it. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Directory currently lists its “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range for these vans at $3,275, $6,250, and $13,900, respectively so the seller appears to have his garage find priced appropriately.
Ford introduced its Falcon-derived Econoline forward-control van line for the 1961 model year to compete with Volkswagen’s increasingly popular Type 2 Van as well as Chevrolet’s also Corvair van. Unlike the Falcon, the first generation Econoline used a solid front axle suspended by leaf springs. Ford placed water-cooled inline six engines between the front seats to create a mid-engine layout for the Van’s short 90 inch wheelbase. Doing this provided larger rear doors, a flat load floor, and a higher load capacity than its competitors. The example featured here came fitted with the then-optional 101 gross horsepower 170 cubic inch inline six mated to a three-speed manual transmission.
The current seller reports he found his Econoline in garage where it had been sitting for 20 years. While his post claims 25K original miles, its actually closer to 26K but at least all of the documentation ties with Van’s low mileage condition. He has since worked to get his van roadworthy again in what he refers to as a “mini restoration” that also includes new stainless steel headers and dual exhaust. Also included with the sale are “many extra parts” that include the front bumper, new window seals, and a new carpet.
We love the Patina of this Econoline time capsule and while this van would make a great promotional vehicle for a small business, we hope the next caretaker agrees with us and just clear coats the existing paint. Good luck with the purchase!