Storage Sacrifice: 1962 Ford Econoline Pickup – Sold?

by | Jan 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Truckin Tuesday

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February 27, 2023, Update – We 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.

Forward-control, van-based, 1960s vintage pickups are one of the hottest commodities in the classic car world. This driver-quality 1962 Ford Econoline pickup, last listed in January 2023 on Craigslist in Athens, Georgia, is said to be a 38K mile example originally sourced from California.  The seller notes they have owned the truck for ten years and included their Econoline as part of a move from California to Atlanta one year ago.  Unfortunately, the seller reports that no longer having garage space is their motivation for putting their Econoline up for sale.

Currently offered for $14,500,, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is well below the five-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for first-generation Ford forward-control Econolines of all body styles 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 truck featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $9,100 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $15,600.

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 Macs Motor City Garage YouTube Channel features this early 1960s Corvair vs. Econoline video highlighting why you want to plan your braking when driving a forward control vintage truck:

Despite being from California, this 1962 Ford Econoline pickup for sale does have some rust that must be attended to before it gets worse. Otherwise, with fresh tires and other recent maintenance, this forward-control vintage pickup could make a nice driver for around-town errands.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“I’m selling my classic 1962 Ford Econoline Truck that I’ve had for over ten years. It’s from Southern California that I had shipped over here when I moved to Athens, GA, a little over a year ago. I’m selling it because I no longer have a garage to store it in.  It recently had a few thousand dollars in repairs/maintenance (including a new battery and tires). It runs great and gets a lot of looks when I drive it around town. Since it’s over 60 years old, it has some rust and needs a little TLC (If it did not, I would be asking for a lot more).

Show or go: What would you do with this driver-quality 1962 Ford Econoline pickup for sale?  Please comment below and let us know!


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