When I was searching for my “car soulmate” (that is: a car that I could use on a daily basis and that was more than just car, but an extension of me as well…something that reflects my personality well), I was looking for something that had the function, utility, and clearance of a truck, as well as the space and flexibility of a minivan but with the style and utility of an SUV. Clearly, I was looking for something that was more along the lines of a truck rather than a sedan (this probably stems from the fact that I grew up riding in trucks the majority of the time). I wanted something that would fit my active lifestyle – which is more along the lines of active and utilitarian.
I wanted something that was tough and reliable, yet elegant and pleasant-looking – all weaved into a functional design. I wanted something that was simple – both in function and form. I wanted something that looked and felt like a tank and/or a muscle car (i.e. something that has that strong, tough, boxy look). I wanted something that would allow me to do the things that I loved and/or wanted to do. It took me a long ass time to realize all of this, but after I was certain about the kind of lifestyle I wanted (and, I’m not gonna lie, doing some growing up), it all became clear to me.
It took a lot of “fitting” to finally find the right car for me. After going through a lot of car models and types, I finally came across my perfect match: the Ford Econoline (a.k.a. the E-Series). The Econoline is perfect for me because it gives me ultimate flexibility. I can customize it to my heart’s content and to meet whatever my needs are at the time. It is very reliable, built like a tank, and looks great. It has a simple, but functional and elegant design, which makes it very flexible. It has a high clearance, which allows me to have a commanding view of the road (which really comes in handy when you’re a short guy) that makes me feel like I’m on top of the world (and makes me feel safer). It feels a lot more like a truck, which is great because I grew up around trucks and always wanted one. Trucks just seem to be more of my thing.
Perhaps the greatest thing about the Econoline is that it is a lot like a ThinkPad, and so that means that they also remind me a lot of my ThinkPads (if you know anything about ThinkPads then you’ll know what I’m talking about). If you take a closer look, you’ll see that the Econoline and the ThinkPad are strikingly similar. Just like a ThinkPad, an Econoline never lets its owner down, is loyal, and is a great companion (Econolines are some of the most sought-after used cars for this very reason). It also has that boxy, rugged look that ThinkPads have – and that I really love, in general (I’m a huge fan of that type of look on things, in general. This probably stems from my decade+ love affair with ThinkPads).
I’ve always been curious and fascinated by the Econoline but it wasn’t until late last year when that curiousity finally started to really grab my attention. It wasn’t earlier this year that I finally caved into that curiousity – and I’m glad I did, because the Econoline is a great car-brand that shares a lot of characteristics with the ThinkPad brand. I just wish I would’ve done it earlier, because the van models (but not the cutaway models) have been discontinued (wish they hadn’t 😥 ), which means that I can only buy a used one. But better late than never, right?
The Econoline is my newest addiction. Its really no different from my ThinkPad and music addictions. I get a huge rush of euphoria whenever I see one. I’m really excited to get one for myself and be a proud Econoline owner.
But…I need to hustle first, in order for me to be able to get one. So my purchase will have to wait a bit – but just rest assured that it’ll happen.