The first generation Ford Econoline, produced between 1961 and 1967, was arguably the most distinctive of all iterations of the Blue Oval's full-size van. It was based on the then-new Falcon and had a mid-engine configuration with a straight-six motor behind the front axle. It turns out the first-gen Econoline is not just a cool vintage bus but also makes for great camper conversions – and this 1965 Ford Econoline Travel Wagon turned into a small motorhome comes to prove that.
With approximately 59,000 miles (94,951 kilometers) on the odometer, 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of which were added during the last year of ownership, this compact camper is in more than good overall condition having undergone a full repaint a few years ago. Just last year, the paint was refreshed again and by looking at the photos we can tell there are no rust points on the body.
Gallery: 1965 Ford Econoline Travel Wagon Camper for sale
The living area consists of a pop-up Calthorpe Travel Top, a kitchenette, and dinette seating which were all installed by Travel Equipment Corporation of Elkhart, Indiana, prior to the vehicle’s original delivery. Other components of the original equipment include a sink, icebox, and a portable Insta-Lite stove running on liquid propane, as well as a foldable table. The current owner of the camper says that the rear cabin has been reupholstered.
Power is provided by a 2.8-liter inline-six engine mated to a three-speed manual gearbox shifted from the steering wheel column. The machine rides on 15-inch American Racing Torq Thrust wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires. Some of the upgrades over the original configuration include low-backed bucket front seats from a late-model Dodge Caravan and replaced gauges in the instrument cluster.
This Econoline camper is offered with period literature and clean British Columbia registration. The vehicle got a new clutch and serviced brakes last year. The current bid stands at $10,000 with two days left until the end of the auction.
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