Classifind Cut: 1963 Ford Econoline Pickup – Sold?
March 2, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “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.
Forward-control, van-based, 1960s vintage pickups are one of the hottest commodities in the classic car world right now, and our latest example is this driver-quality, 1963 Ford Econoline E100 pickup truck originally listed in February 2021 on Craigslist in Woonsocket, Rhode Island with an asking price of $13,000 or best offer. Researching the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the private seller has their E100 somewhat optimistically priced between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $12,000 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $19,600. While we agree this is a very solid example, it’s still a very solid driver-quality example in need of fresh paint.
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.
The front bumper delete was a popular custom modification on these forward-control Econolines. This example just needs a great paint job and perhaps an interior refresh to really make it stand out wherever you drive it.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Selling my 1963 Econoline pickup with 5 window, very rare. runs and drives. asking $13,000 ob. There are not many of these left that are not rotted out.“
Show or go: what would you do with this driver-quality Econoline pickup? Comment below and let us know!