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Pick of the Day: 1987 Ford E350 van conversion

‘Cabriolet’ style is a dually with a pickup bed and expanded second-row cabin


The Pick of the Day is something different, actually, quite different.

It is a 1987 Ford E350 van, which is unusual enough at this point, but this one is a Cabriolet, a dually version with a pickup bed, offered in an advertisement on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Quincy, Illinois.

Such vehicles, the seller notes, were produced only in the early 1990s.

Although not mentioned in the advertisement, such vehicles were produced by several post-factory companies and were designed for towing large, fifth-wheel trailers.

E350, Pick of the Day: 1987 Ford E350 van conversion, ClassicCars.com Journal

The body is super straight and rock solid,” the seller reports. “It runs and drives great. 

“It is equipped with the 460 engine, auto trans, power steering, power brakes, air, CB, power door locks, power windows, front captain chairs, rear sofa bed, dual rear sunroofs, upper and lower inside rear cabinets, grille guard, dual rear-view mirrors, rear sliding window, 50-gallon bed tank with tool box, driver’s side gas tank, Reece hitch and aluminum wheels.”

For the 1987 model year, the E350’s big 7.5-liter (460cid) V8 was rated at 214 horsepower with 362 pound-feet of torque and was linked to a 3-speed automatic transmission.

The seller reports 92,000 miles on the E350 Cabriolet’s odometer.

E350, Pick of the Day: 1987 Ford E350 van conversion, ClassicCars.com Journal

Photos with the ad show comfy captain’s chairs up front and a wide 3-place couch-like rear seat in a motorhome- or semi-tractor style rear section complete with lamp-shaded lighting, and an elevated roof with over-seat storage and skylights. 

There’s also a short-side pickup bed with what could be room for carrying bicycles, dirt bikes, perhaps even an ATV? The bed includes a 50-gallon fuel tank and tool box. 

The asking price is $9,500 for an unusual and head-turning vehicle.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. You guys wanting more info should click on the link at the bottom of the article. That will take you to the sellers listing. Then you can contact the seller if you want.

  2. If you wanted to travel cross-country in the 1980’s while towing a 5th wheel RV, a rig like this was the way to do it in ultimate style!

  3. Curious why the first interior picture is from a different vehicle. the seats and steering wheel do not match and the entire center console area is different.


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