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RealRides of WNY #2548 ......................... 1963 Ford Econoline

April 5, 2023

RealRides of WNY #2548 ......................... 1963 Ford Econoline

– Before the minivan came to be as a genre in the 1980s, there was the small delivery van. Others came before it (the Volkswagen Type 2 comes to mind) but in the early 1960s the American manufacturers joined the fray. This 1963 Ford Econoline van is just one type which the Dearborn company offered. There were also passenger versions with windows all around, which for some reason Ford saw fit to make part of the compact Falcon lineup: the base Falcon Station Bus, as well as the Club Wagon and Deluxe Club Wagon — all with available rear seating for up to eight passengers. The Econoline, part of the truck lineup, had several different window options, available driver’s-side cargo doors, and a bare-bones rear cargo area (very echo-y from what I remember!). For 1965 Ford introduced the Econoline Supervan (below), which had a rather (IMO) awkward-looking 18-inch extension added to the back end. We saw today’s RealRide at last year’s Toy Town Car Show.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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