I’m looking to replace my Ford Focus, which is in the shop every three months like clockwork and has therefore worn out its welcome. What I want: reliable, compact, inexpensive, reliable, manually shifted, and reliable. And reliable. So I’m checking the “manual” box on the Craigslist car search form every day and seeing what’s out there. Sadly, not much. But this showed up the other day.
Obviously, this isn’t what I’m looking for. But how charming! Even during my 1970s rust-belt kidhood, these were uncommon. Only rust-eaten beater examples driven by aging hippies still roamed the Earth.
According to the ad, which shouts at you in all caps, this Falcon van isn’t perfect, but it’s as good as you’ll find at the price, and the body is solid.
It looks good inside and out. Somebody has at least kept it cosmetically clean. Hard telling about the condition of that inline six between the seats. And three on the tree is always an adventure.
I can’t sort out why Ford badged some of these forward-control vans as Econolines and some as Falcons. Maybe you can shed some light on that in the comments. And if something like this trips your trigger, go here to see the ad. It’s northeast of Indianapolis a short piece.
Related reading: 1961-67 Ford Econoline.