Cohort Capsule: Ford Econoline Euro-Style Truck

(Photos by musicalmcs8706)

Detroit was all about Euro-style in the eighties, so why not a Euro-style truck? Anyone who’s been to Europe knows that all the small- and medium-size trucks there use van-based cabs, whose shorter length maximizes load space, something especially important in the cramped confines of older cities. And for some reason, flatbed stake trucks with a body like this one are almost ubiquitous in European cities, although usually their beds have drop-down metal sides.

That’s not always the case, as this ’80s Ford Transit dropside does have wood in its…dropsides. If it were from Germany, they’d be of steel.

So the question is: Is this a factory job? Was it done by a professional converter? Or is it something else? At first I thought it might be home-brewed, maybe an old RV whose body got torn off in a tornado or such, but a shot of the interior puts that idea to bed.

These just always appeal to me, and I’d love to have one, but with a somewhat shorter bed that dumps. That would make it a very compelling candidate to replace my old and battered F-100, whose infirmities are only brought into starker contrast on cold, wet mornings.