First introduced in in 1961, the Ford Club Wagon is a line of both cargo and passenger vans from Ford. This Van line is based of the F-Series line of pickup trucks and is built on the same truck platform.
Also known to many as the Econoline, Ford has changed the name of the van and now markets it under the name Ford E-Series. For a short period of time, the E-Series is the only van produced by the company. However this will only last for a brief while as Ford prepares to introduce it’s newest minivan to the market in 2010.
When the Ford E-Serieswas first introduced it was designed with the engine placed between and behind the front seats, giving it the classic flat nose look. It was originally based on the Ford Falcon and was designed to compete with the Chevrolet Sportvan and Volkswagen Type2. It was an immediate success and currently still holds 79% of the United States cargo van market. Many utility companies such as Bellsouth and various regional power companies began using the Ford Vans for their utility trucks and this still continues today.
The very first vans were given a 144 cid 6 cylinder enginewith a manual 3 speed transmission. In 1968, Ford changed the van design forever with the innovative idea of moving the engine to the front of the vehicle with a small hood. These vans were the front runners of the still popular C-class motorhomes, which is still dominated by Ford today.