Thursday, September 3, 2015

ECNALUBMA: 1974 Ford Pathfinder Quadravan E-300 4x4 Econoline Ambulance

When I see a vintage van gussied up as an ambulance, all I can picture is Jack Elam wearing a white lab coat and waving around a giant hypodermic needle as he introduces himself: "I'm Nikolas Van Helsing, professor of proctology and other related tendencies. A graduate of the University of Rangoon and assorted night classes at the Knoxville Tennessee school of faith healing."  Find this 1974 Ford Pathfinder Quadravan E-300 4x4 Econoline Ambulance conversion Van here on eBay bidding for $5,100 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go in Spearfish, South Dakota.

JJ McLure's van may have been a Dodge, but this classic has all the right moves for a cool driver that'll get you out of tickets left and right....not that I'm recommending you travel anywhere near or above the speed limit in a 1970s van.  Those things had the handling characteristics of three legged moose on a frozen lakebed, but equipped with 4-wheel-drive, this thing should go all kinds of places you wouldn't expect.

Of course you don't buy a 1970s Vanbulance to drive on the Nürburgring (or a new Cadillac, so why on earth do they "tune" them there??) -- no sir, you drive it for the convenience and class.  Convenience in that you can't park in the red zone while loading up a pallet of bricks from your local Low's Despot mega-mart, and class...well, that is a thing hard to define, but you know it when you see it.

See a better car for that low cost hospice business you were gonna start?


  1. If this site had thumbs up, you'd get one just for the Cannonball Run reference.

  2. And let's not forget;
    "The first running of the Trophy Dash was held in May of 1971 and the winner was a 1971 Dodge Custom Sportsman van, called the “Moon Trash II.”

  3. This is beautiful, always loved that generation of Econoline and the ur-Quadravan bits are just the icing on the cake.

    Of course, you don't go around running into things with these, as you may as well be strapped to the front bumper for all the crush space they've got.

    I'd propose an Econoline-vs-VW Bus head-on crash test, my guess is you'd find the Bus driver in the Econoline and vice-versa afterward.

  4. A 4x4 ambulance makes a lot of sense in this van's native Montana. Who knows, maybe several lives were saved with its help.

  5. Dr. Helsing... truly a memorable character...



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