In Columbia this morning, I spotted this gorgeous old delivery van from a distance, and my heart raced, because I saw there was a “For Sale” sign in the window, and I thought it might have been an early model Metro, a type of step van that International Harvester built in the 30’s to the 80’s and which (these days, on this coast) is pretty rare. Getting closer, I noticed the Ford badge on the front and was a little bummed out, but I was still so taken aback by the styling of this van that I got out into the rain to shoot a few pictures.
This is the kind of vehicle I would love to own; completely utilitarian but also aesthetically beautiful, from the graceful lines on the grille to the gentle curves at the edges of the roof. I don’t know if it’s stainless steel or aluminum (the latter would be my guess) but I’d bet, especially with the duallys out back, that it could be fitted with a hitch to tow a 19′ Airstream of similar vintage. Finding glass for this thing would be as difficult as sleeping on a roller coaster, so having it all intact is a bonus.
I have the number on the window in my hand, but I’m resisting the temptation to call it. Too many projects and not enough space in the driveway. Farewell, you lovely beast.