The Six Things You Didn't Know about the Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon
- If you're the type who likes to have a lot of space-or happens to have a very large family-this is the full-sized van to get. The Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon can comfortably seat 15 people. Note that we said comfortably-those 15 seats are perfectly spaced. In fact, if you just cram people in there, the number shoots up to 20 or so!
- The Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon is quite the actor-it has featured in a staggering 805 movies, reality shows, documentaries, and serials since coming out in 1961. Need a large non-descript van to ferry about villains and their henchmen? Go with the Econoline. Need huge storage space to house your ghost hunting equipment or storm chasing stuff? Go with the Econoline. There was nothing bigger and better.
- Customizability is another big thing that the Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon brings to the table. In certain parts of Europe, for example, it has been converted into a coaster or mini-bus that shuttles people between cities. If you take out all the seats in the back, you can even stick in a bed and transform it into a full-on camper. Some countries have even raised the Econoline, slapped on armor plating, and converted into a troop carrier.
- Another curious thing with the Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon is that it has a terribly long name. But there's some history behind that. While consumption and fuel economy relative to a car is high, within its class, it was designed to perform and save fuel at the same time. Additionally, its versatility ensured that you could use it for any number of purposes that would normally require purchasing a vehicle of a different class.
- A number of big American companies have used the Econoline and its many iterations since it came out in 1983. UPS and FedEx have both capitalized on the storage space-using the Econoline to make deliveries. AT&T and its predecessor Bell also used the Econoline for their service truck fleet.
- Despite its great influence on the automotive world, the ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon is slated to be succeeded in 2011. The funny thing is that the platform replacing it-the Transit developed by Ford of Europe-is actually older than the Econoline by a full two decades.