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2011 Ford E-Series 50th Anniversary Package Released

Celebrating fifty years since the debut of the E-Series in 1961, American manufacturer Ford announced it has released a commemorative 50th anniversary edition, available as an XLT model, the van’s premium package.

“It’s all designed to appeal to the enthusiast who recognizes the long-term durability of a van that has maintained a steady presence throughout 50 years of societal change,” Ford says in a statement.

The anniversary edition features unique blue metallic exterior paint, specially embroidered “Econoline” front seatbacks and unique “Econoline 50 Years” badging on the left-rear cargo door.

“For 2011, the E-Series’ winning streak continues – it proudly carries the title of America’s best-selling full-size van for 31 consecutive years. Available technologies like Ford Work Solutions, SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment
system, and a Navigation System with HD Radio bring E-Series squarely into the future, setting the stage for both productivity and customer satisfaction,” a company statement reads.

E-Series debuted as the Econoline in 1961, designed for commercial customers. Three bodystyles were available – Pickup, Delivery Van and Station Bus. The pickup delivered 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 had double doors at the side and rear for easy loading.

The Station Bus was designed to accommodate up to eight passengers when fitted with two optional bench seats as well as the standard driver and passenger buckets.

The Club Wagon line soon followed, designed for customers looking for a personal-use vehicle and light towing. The E-Series line has thrived over the years as Ford offered product variations to meet specific customer needs.


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