Tuscon Truck: 1963 Ford Econoline Pickup – SOLD!
February 1, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
December 4th Update: The private seller of this forward-control classic just posted a fresh Craigslist ad using the same description, pictures, and asking price.
Forward-control, van-based, 1960s vintage pickups are one of the hottest commodities in the classic car world right now, and just listed last night is this Arizona-sourced 1963 Ford Econoline E100 pickup truck originally listed in December 2020 on Craigslist located in Dawsonville, Georgia with an asking price of $11,500.
Researching the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the private seller has their E100 priced between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $12,000 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $7,000.
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 then-optional 101 gross horsepower 170 cubic inch inline-six mated to a three-speed manual transmission.
Skipping to 3:10 in the video below provides a great overview of the Econoline pickup:
With an extremely solid, Arizona sourced body and the mechanicals appearing to be fully sorted, the only decision you need to make is whether to continue using this truck as-is for your daily driver or treat the body and interior to a full restoration to make it a true surf wagon. Whichever path you choose, Good luck with the purchase!
Here is the seller’s description:
“Super solid with very little rust 63 Econoline pickup truck. Truck lived its life in super dry Tucson, AZ. Have the AZ title still. Old patina paint hides nothing.
SUPER difficult North Carolina with it’s title requirements– This ’63 has a Clear Title.
Just had NEW windshield w/new gasket AND rear window removed and reinstalled with NEW gasket. GREAT! Comes with new Dennis Carpenter door weather strip pair. NEW exhaust.
Has had a good bit of work done to it including an upgraded Mustang 200 ci 6 cylinder motor that runs great. New stuff like brakes, radiator, rear shocks. Truck does have some receipts with it. Transmission is a nice shifting 3 on the tree. Lights all work, fronts are upgraded.
I’m pretty tight on the price, try and find another that’s this solid and not a rust bucket or high dollar. Great mid range price with awesome body on it. Bed is in great condition.”
Restore or Drive as is: What would you do with this Econoline? Comment below and let us know!