I’ve seen a lot of classic cars advertised as a “Time Capsule”, but very few can take you back in time with a simple glance. This isn’t a knock on a preserved classic with all original trimmings and the like, but more of the idea that certain vehicles absolutely reflect a specific time and culture. Vintage VW Bugs are a solid example because you can’t absolutely associate one with a certain era as they belong to numerous times. That’s also a biproduct of their high production numbers over numerous decades, but you get the point.
If I see a 1966 Mustang, I’ll associate it with its development as the first Pony Car and how it altered the American automotive industry, but it can also conjure up notions of a Shelby GT500 and motorsports. Same car but with different connotations. That said, a custom van belongs to only one era and is an absolute time capsule.
“No single vehicle better represents the good times and easy-living lifestyle of the 1970s better than does a custom van,” the listing states. “The personalized van covered all the bases. It was part muscle car, part apartment on wheels, and, of course, part art canvas, serving as a very groovy way to express oneself.”
It’s a true time capsule with 873 miles. The airbrushed mountain range and graphics, plus the porthole bubble windows on each side typify a certain time and place: mid-1970s in America. The Cragar wheels and side pipes also adds to the exceptional flavor.
“A swing of any door takes us back to 1974 shag-alicious heaven that covers nearly every square inch of the interior,” the listing states. “Light gray extra-long shag material is peppered throughout with some black and is as clean as the day it was installed. A rear platform bed is now installed and is covered with…shag!”
Under the hood is a 302ci V8 engine with a single two-barrel carburetor. The engine is paired with a 3-speed manual that sends power to a Ford 9-inch rear axle.
The dealer is asking $69,500 for this 1974 Ford Econoline van. It’s a true time capsule with low mileage and a distinct vibe.