Of course we all prefer the flatnosed pre-1968 Econolines, but the next generation of Ford vans got the job done too. After the passage of a few decades, we can start to pick out a bit of once-overlooked style in these early second-gen Econolines.

This is a Super Van, folks (the Average Van being a couple trim levels down on the food chain), so you know it's special.

What we're dealing with here is a classic Serial Killer Van. Just tape some tinfoil over the back windows, put on those creepy yellow-tinted sunglasses, and you'll be ready cut a swath of vengeance through the society that done you wrong! Serial killer on board or not, this van looks mean.

The incredible aluminum-ness of this grille is starting to grow on me; no attempt to imitate chrome, and- better still- no plastic. Bonus points for the Mad Max white spoked wheels and cheapo "Wild Country" tires. The license plate frame from the long-defunct Morris Landy dealership ("Another Dandy From Morris Landy") is a nice touch.

We see another example of the kind of slow, relatively inoffensive rust you get around these parts. Most likely there's some leakage during the rainy season, but you just drill some drain holes in the floor and everything's fine.

Not sure if you could get the Super Van without also having it be a Custom to boot.

All in all, a pretty well-preserved specimen of a working late-60s Ford van, decades after most of them were ground into oblivion beneath their loads.


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