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1973 Ford Econoline Club Wagon Chateau V8, Auto, P/s, 19k Orig. Miles! Mint on 2040-cars

Year:1973 Mileage:19681 Color: Two Tone - Tan and Brown /
 Tan and brown houndstooth

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Body Type:Minivan, Van
Vehicle Title:Clear
Engine:302 V8
Fuel Type:Gasoline
For Sale By:Private Seller
VIN: E23GHS05480 Year: 1973
Number of Cylinders: 8
Make: Ford
Model: E-Series Van
Trim: Club Wagon Chateau
Power Options: Power Steering
Drive Type: 2WD
Mileage: 19,681
Exterior Color: Two Tone - Tan and Brown
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Interior Color: Tan and brown houndstooth
Condition: Used: A vehicle is considered used if it has been registered and issued a title. Used vehicles have had at least one previous owner. The condition of the exterior, interior and engine can vary depending on the vehicle's history. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections. ... 

1973 Ford Econoline E200 123 WB Club Wagon Chateau passenger van

19K original miles. One family owned since new. This is the top of the line model offered in 1973.  The Club Wagon Chateau had many cosmetic upgrades that included significant exterior brightwork and interior upgrades.  It looks as if it were stored in a plastic bubble.  Simply unbelievable.

This unique vehicle is all original with the exception of: 

  1. Newer radial tires (spare is original and never touched the ground) 
  2. New fitted correct carpet set (have original as well that is in great shape) 
  3. Incorrect gas cap (it works fine and is period correct but an original is larger and body colored) 
  4. Dealer installed (at time of new vehicle purchase) rear heater under third row seat
  5. Curtains new at time of purchase 
  6. Period correct stainless and rubber mud flaps 
  7. OE Ford Mag style wheelcovers as offered on 1970's Ford F100 trucks (have perfect original dog dish covers that go with the van)
  8. OPTIMA Battery

There are some imperfections on this van.  Most of the imperfections are factory flaws (fit and finish) as was normal for domestic vehicles during this era.  However, these flaws provide proof to the originality.  There are a few dings and paint chips.  I will be happy to go into detail with any serious buyer. Send me a message with your phone number and I will be happy to call you. 

This is not an old van with "Patina".  This is a true Time Warp van that will win best of class against any other original or restored van.  

Important notes: 

  • Build sheet barely visible under driver's seat.  Left intact. 
  • Original assembly markings untouched and visible throughout. 
  • All original paint 
  • All original upholstery - killer houndstooth
  • All original glass


Every single mechanical or electrical option, gauge, light, accessory or part works as new.  On cold start up with one tap of the gas pedal, the choke works perfect and starts immediately. The choke goes away as the engine warms up and never stalls, misses or hesitates.  The engine is smooth and has plenty of power. The transmission up-shifts properly and kicks down a gear when called upon. It is an easy van to drive around town and an absolute pleasure on the freeway. There are no leaks rattles or funny noises. The brakes are surprisingly good for non-power drums and there is no pulling whatsoever. I would not hesitate to drive this anywhere except for the constant worry of getting a rock chip or door ding. 


After full payment is made and the vehicle is insured by the new owner, delivery can be included (if you are flexible on timing) to any major metropolitan US area with an airport that Delta services (except Alaska or Hawaii).  You must contact me before the auction ends to a mutual agreement on timing or this option is not available.  My preference is to see someone in Southern California get it so I can deliver it at Cars and Coffee. People will freak.  Or, the buyer can chose to make other transport/shipping arrangements at their own cost.


I know this is not a Boss 429 and it is not priced as one.  However, it is a very special character vehicle that quite possibly could be the finest example available.  It is not for sale locally and I will not stop the auction for offers.  I won't divulge the reserve and I will not reply to any questions about price while the auction is running.  It is expensive for an old van but it is cheap for a true collector vehicle that gets more stares, smiles and thumbs up than a Boss 429.

Some people get it....

You can't restore originality and you can't turn back mileage.  To replicate this van with a good solid donor would take a ridiculous amount of money and time.  Some of the pristine parts that are on this van are unobtainable.  Just try to find the exterior pop out window rubber or a mint dash pad......I've been looking for years for another van I have.  If you have ever thought about owning the best 2nd gen Econoline passenger van, look no further.

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