Ford has released a commemorative 50th anniversary edition of the E-Series that will be offered as an XLT model, the van’s premium package. In a statement, Ford said that this model is meant for the “enthusiast who recognizes the long-term durability of a van that has maintained a steady presence throughout 50 years of societal change.”
The model features an exclusive blue metallic exterior paint, specially embroidered “Econoline” front seatbacks and “Econoline 50 Years” badging on the left-rear cargo door.
The E-Series has been the best-selling full-size van in the US for 31 consecutive years. The 2011 model is expected to achieve even more sales as it offers technologies like Ford Work Solutions, SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system, and a Navigation System with HD Radio bring E-Series.
According to a company statement, the 2011 model sets “the stage for both productivity and customer satisfaction.”
In 1961, the E-Series debuted as the Econoline and was designed for commercial customers. It was offered in three bodystyles: Pickup, Delivery Van and Station Bus.
The pickup offers up to 30 mpg and carried a three-quarter-ton payload in a big 7-foot box. The van offered 204 cubic feet of cargo space (up to 57 cubic feet more than competitors) and it features double doors at the side and rear for easy loading.
Up to eight passengers can be carried by the Station Bus when equipped with two optional bench seats as well as the standard driver and passenger buckets.