Ford vans have had an interesting ride to to the top. The Ford E-Series came out in 1961, and the Ford van lineup included different models: one for passenger vans and another for commercial usage. But then times were a’ changin’. Ford vans were selling big as a passenger van during the second- (1968–1974) and third with a of self-expression.
And the Ford E-Series van continue to bring an element of that personal touch today. Now, the van is more likely to get a conversion for camping, or outfitted for overlanding, and any number of dirt-kicking activities.
Today, Ford offers Upfits so that additional components can be added in-house. And these are sweet extras: Rain sensing wipers, a safety canopy system, ambient lighting, a flatscreen tv, third row sofa bed, side-wind stabilization, rear view camera and even wood floors.
And we found a few gorgeous, interesting, and great looking Ford vans for sale online. This 2003 Ford E-350 custom camper van is going to be going on sale at Mecum’s upcoming Scottsdale auction, March 16 to 19).
It is a great example of how Ford took the van and made it work with the times, add more heat, and successfully incorporate roaring off-road teeth. Ford made certain that that the van mixes stellar performance right with the versatility… that goes a long way with drivers. And having a multifaceted ride allows the van to work as a daily driver, tiny home, or overlanding beast. Still, it gives the vehicle options without feeling compromised.
The 2003 Ford E-350 van is featured as part of the Mile High Collection; noted for carrying the most wanted, performance-oriented fleet.
As expected, the custom camper van has a comfy and spiffy interior with nice upgrades like A/C, AM/FM radio. Other custom features include a 7.3L diesel V8 engine that cranks out 444 HP. It is paired to an automatic transmission.
The black exterior looks sharp and is nicely complements by gray inside. It got a roof rack for camping gear, side ladders, and makes camping look a little cooler.
With Fox off-road shocks it can conquer many different paths. Performance enhancements include a Twin I-beam front suspension. a semi-float rear suspension, and rough and ready Toyo M/T Open Country tires. A rear mount full sized rear tire mount is convenient and a slick visual cue.
Today, Ford vans are more likely to be found on the trails or camping. And road trips are always a perfect fit. Ford kept the van rolling on by keeping in step with what customers want. And never losing the spirit of #VanLife; fun, freedom, and awesome Ford rides. Although today’s Ford van culture is more focused on taking on the roads many challenges; chasing a different kind of high. And lot less shag carpeting.
Mecum’s Glendale, AZ auction will air on TV. The broadcast schedule and bidding details are online.
Source: Ford Truck Enthusiasts