Six Interesting Facts about the Ford E-450
- The term "E-450" was introduced by Ford in 2001 as part of the then new E-Series lineup of full-sized vans which includes the E-150, E-250, and E-350 models. The American car company previously used the names Econoline and Econoline Wagon for the vans they manufactured since the early 60s. Interestingly enough, Ford assigned a different name for the vehicles shipped to Canada from 1961 to 1967. The van was called the Mercury Econoline.
- Ford's E-Series, where the Ford E-450 is currently featured, has been the best-selling American full-sized van since the 1980s. It currently holds almost 80 percent of the full-sized van market in the United States. From 2002 to 2010, over a million units of the E-Series vans were sold in the U.S. alone.
- One outstanding feature of the Ford E-450 is its towing capacity of up to 20,000 pounds or 9,076 kilograms. Aside from being used as a tow vehicle, the E-450 is also modified into different types of vehicles. It is commonly used as a motor home, an ambulance, a news van, and even a school bus. It was reported that 95 percent of E-Series units has been sold for commercial purpose and fleet-end users.
- In the movie S.W.A.T. that was released in 2003, two Ford Econoline vehicles have been featured in two separate action scenes. The first was a 1983 Econoline used as a news van, and the second was a 1992 model used as an ambulance. Although the camera shots didn't clearly focus on the vehicles, their side markers and badges suggested that the vans were either an E-350 or E-450.
- The cargo area of the Ford E-450 features a double-wall design which makes the exterior sheet metal of the vehicle stronger against any damage. In spite of that, the Cutaway Series of the E-450 is still the widely selected and modified for law enforcement vehicles.
- The second generation of the Ford E-450 manufactured in the early 70s changed the way full-sized vans were designed. From the previous flat-nose look, the E-450 was reshaped with the engine moved all the way in front under a short hood. This design is still prominent with Ford E-450 models today.