1971 Ford Club Wagon Chateau (Econoline)


1971 Ford Club Wagon Chateau (Econoline) – As the result of a lengthy United Auto Workers strike in 1967, the launch of the second-generation Econoline van was delayed almost four months until January 1968. Instead of calling it a 1968 or 1968.5 model, Ford decided to call it the 1969 model. Shedding its Falcon roots, the second-generation Econoline became a heavier-duty vehicle, sharing many of its underpinnings with the F-series full-size pickups. While the unibody construction of the previous-generation van was carried over, a major change was made in the overall layout in the body and chassis of the Econoline. To build a heavier-duty chassis, the mid-engine forward-control layout was abandoned in favor of a front-engine layout with the axle placed forward; this also allowed the use of the “Twin I-Beam” front suspension used in the F-series trucks. The redesign in the configuration resulted in major growth; the Econoline grew 15 inches in wheelbase; an 18-inch longer long-wheelbase model became the largest full-size van offered in North America at the time. As they had become introduced as options in Dodge and Chevrolet/GMC vans, Ford introduced a V8 engine option into the powertrain line. With the change of chassis and axle configurations, the Econoline gained a conventional hood for engine access (though most engine access remained from the interior). To aid in engine compartment ventilation, the model was given a conventional grille, styled similar to the F series. For 1971, the grille was redesigned to match the updated F series. Inside of the Econoline, the shift of the engine location moved the engine housing from between the seats to in front of the driver and front passenger, under the windshield. While the Econoline cargo van remained, it was joined by an Econoline passenger van (replacing the Falcon van). To attract more buyers to passenger vans, Ford introduced two new trims of the passenger van, the Ford Club Wagon and Ford Club Wagon Chateau. Based on the long-wheelbase version, the Chateau had air conditioning, houndstooth fabric on all seats, an AM/FM sound system, and the option of 12-passenger seating.

This exceptional classic Ford Van is a great find. Although it hasn’t seen extensive use in many years it still remains highly original and drives perfectly. As you can see, this Econoline has perfect patina on the exterior. This rust seen is only surface level and there is zero rust rot or cancer anywhere on this van. Upon arrival to TX we treated all the interior areas that needed attention. The seats, headliner, and visors were all re-done in an original green vinyl. To finish the interior and make sure it remains durable for years to come, the entire floor was coated with a high-end bedliner. With only the front 2 seats present, this vintage Ford is an open canvas! This would be the perfect platform to build into a work van, motorcycle hauler, or even install living quarters. This van been checked front to back and will pass inspection in any state. We installed a brand new carburetor and the club wagon now runs as smooth as when new. A complete list of options includes; 302 V8, 3 Speed Manual, New Seats & Headliner, Bedlined Floor, Chrome Bumpers, Chrome Grill, Perfect Glass, Tinted Glass, Owners Manual, 14″ E-T Alloy Wheels, & Thick Grand Prix Performance GT Raised White Letter Tires!



1971 Ford Club Wagon Chateau (Econoline) – 302 V8, Perfect Patina, New Seats & Headliner, Bedlined Floor, Open Canvas for a Great Build!