Attention Getter: 1962 Ford E100 5-Window Pick-up – SOLD?
August 16 – Update – The Craigslist ad used for this post expired, so with no replacement found, we’re calling this one “Sold!”
June 9th Update: over this past weekend we came across a fresh listing for this 1962 Ford E100 Five Window mild custom we first featured in early May when the initial asking price was $12,500. Fast forward one month and the seller has now lowered his asking price $1,000 to $11,500. Unfortunately, the seller still doesn’t provide any pictures of the interior and the ones still showed clearly date back to last fall, so keep that in mind when negotiating. Good luck with the purchase!
Perhaps its their small size and unique forward-control layout, but whatever the reason engine-between-the-front-seats sixties pickup trucks like this 1962 Ford E100 Five Window pickup truck in Carle Place, New York (Long Island) are in high demand by collectors right now. With a revised asking price of $11,500, the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller’s asking price falls at the lower end of current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $8,850, $17,300, and $38,400, respectively. If you are serious about buying this Econoline you can start the conversation by calling Aim at (516) 406-1089 and when you do please remember to mention you saw his listing featured here on GuysWithRides.com.
Ford introduced its Falcon-derived Econoline forward-control E100 line for the 1961 model year to compete with Volkswagen’s increasingly popular Type 2 as well as Chevrolet’s Corvair-based trucks. In addition to panel and window vans, Ford launched a pickup version such as the example presented here. 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 Truck’s short 90-inch wheelbase. Ford offered Econoline pickups in two window configurations: three windows and five windows with square units located in the rear cab corners such as the example presented here. While far shorter than an F-100, E-100s came equipped with a seven-foot-long cargo bed. The example featured here came fitted with the standard 144 cubic inch inline-six mated to a three-speed-on-the-three controlled manual transmission.
Check out this almost comical vintage comparison of the Chevrolet Corvair forward-control truck versus the Ford E100. While there’s no doubt the Corvair’s rear-engine placement likely gave it an advantage in low-traction situations, comment below if you believe Chevrolet rigged at least some the tests!
We like the rake of this classic E100 and the classic Cragar SS wheels sets off the presentable brown paint. Unfortunately, the seller doesn’t include any pictures of the interior however the large glass area in the photographs provide seem to show there are saddle blanket type seat covers in place. Personally, we would ditch the wood stake sides and simply mount the surfboard face down in the bed with the fin in back. We would also source a fifth Cragar wheel to use as a spare for a more complete look. As long as your in-person inspection doesn’t find any glaring problems in the body work or underneath, this E100 will be a great cruiser that will likely provide you with more attention than you ever dreamed. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“This is one of those trucks that gets a lot of thumbs up and attention. Pretty rare in the Pick-Up version and in this condition. The truck is basically stock with new shocks, brakes, brake lines, master cylinder. All linkages have been redone as well as rebuilt transmission and new clutch. Finally, I had all the springs tuned and all bushings replaced. The truck runs really well with a straight 6, 144 cu in engine. It’s of course 3 speed on the column. The paint is nice with some blemishes. the interior has some upgrades but original seats. The wood panels are removable, Fun truck, very collectible.“
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