History of the Ford Econoline

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The Ford Econonline, or Ford E-series, includes a variety of full-size vans, with a 59 year production run.  Only the Ford F-series, which was developed in 1948 has outlasted the Econoline series in terms of Ford models.

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The E-series came out in 1961 as a replacement for the Ford F-series panel van. Four generations of the E-series have been in production every since. 

E-series vans were the top-selling models in the U.S between 1980 and 2015 with the model line's discontinuation. This represents nearly 80% of the share of the market during that time. Since then, Ford has only produced the stripped and cutaway chassis configurations for the E-series.

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The Ford Econoline made its debut on September 21, 1960, marking the start of the first generation of the E-series.  The Econoline began its development as design sketches from 1957 and was introduced as a cargo van, passenger van, and a pickup truck.

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The E-series was introduced alongside the Chevrolet Corvair van in 1961 and made itself known for several different design precedents. Among those were the Chevy Van and Dodge A100 models, as well as the European Ford Transit. 

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