Beautiful Body: 1967 Ford Econoline Panel Van – SOLD?
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September 20, 2022, Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
We receive many requests from fellow enthusiasts looking for a 1961 to 1967 vintage Ford Falcon-based Econoline van. Typically worked to the bone before rusting away, they are getting harder to find with each passing year. This 1967 Ford Econoline panel van, originally listed in August 2022 on Craigslist in Moorehead, Minnesota (Fargo), features repaired bodywork. While the bodywork appears to be all set, the lack of interior pictures and motor hints that much more work is needed to consider this van road-ready once again.
Currently offered for $17,500, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is well below the one-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for first-generation Ford Econolines produced between 1961 and 1967. By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the van featured here:
As a second data point, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $12,100 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $18,700.
Similar to what Chevrolet did with its Corvair 95 pickup and Greenbriar van series, Ford developed its first-generation Econoline series based on the company’s new Falcon compact car. Launched for the 1961 model year, the forward-control, mid-engined chassis relied on a short ninety-inch wheelbase. By placing the engine between the front seats, engineers developed a flat load floor with room for a pair of side doors. Not only were side doors a more convenient improvement over Ford’s F-Series panel deliveries, but the flat floor was also seen as much more useful to many buyers cross-shopping Volkswagen Transporters or Corvair 95s.
The narrow space needed to place the engine between the front seats prevented the use of V8s. Consequently, Econolines came equipped with inline six-cylinder powerplants developed for the Falcon. compact. In 1965, the 170 cubic six became standard, with a 240 cubic-inch six introduced as an option. A three-speed manual was standard. While first-generation Econoline borrowed heavily from the Falcon, suspension-wise, engineers fitted the line with a solid front axle and rear axles all suspended by leaf springs.
Produced for the 1961 through 1967 model years, Ford offered the first-generation Econoline in several variants. First was the six-door cargo van. In 1963, Ford launched an eight-door version by adding a pair of cargo doors on the driver’s side. was added for 1963. In a nod to classic Sedan Deliveries, for 1964, Ford introduced a panel van with no side loading doors.
The CravingClassics YouTube Channel features this video giving the perspective of what it’s like to drive a restored 1964 Ford Econoline Van:
If your restoration talents center more on mechanical and electrical repairs rather than bodywork and painting, then this 1967 Ford Econoline project may be the van for you. You’ll need to ask the seller for more pictures of the inside to get an understanding of what you’re facing.
Here’s the seller’s description:
Restore or Scooby Doo Tribute: What would you do with this 1964 Ford Econoline project? Please comment below and let us know!