Ford E-Series commemorates 50th anniversary

Happy birthday, Econoline. To celebrate the big vans' 50th anniversary, Ford will offer a special trim package.

Perhaps the least glamorous recipient of a special anniversary edition, Ford's robust commercial grade E-Series van is undeniably an under-appreciated hauler. To celebrate the van line's 50th anniversary, Ford devised a few special touches for a commemorative edition offering.

Set to be available as a standalone package during the 2011 model year run, the 50th Anniversary Edition will be available exclusively on uplevel E-Series XLT models. Unique Steel Blue exterior paint and special badges set it apart from standard E-150s, while "Econoline" embroidery on the front seats recalls the van's traditional name.

Ford began marketing the vans as the E-Series line in 2001 in an effort to align the big trucks with the automaker's popular F-Series pickups.

The 50th Anniversary Edition group comes bundled with the $3,030 XLT Premium package, which includes leather first and second-row captain's chairs, a power driver's seat, an overhead console, tinted windows, keyless entry and running boards.