Ford introduced the Econoline to the world in 1961 as the truck with a new shape, new design and new name. Based on Ford's compact Falcon, the Econoline was available as a "panel truck" work loving, fun loving "station bus" and our personal favorite, the pickup truck.
It's certainly very easy to tell watching this promo video decades later how new the American van was in 1961. Econolines were still automotive based and significantly more stylish than the truck based models that would eventually replace them in 1968. We'll take one of each.