Every now and then, we see a movie or TV show-inspired tribute vehicle pop up for auction, which is always an enticing offering for many – particularly fans of those particular flicks or series. This list includes a pair of Ford Econoline vans, too – one, the “Mystery Machine” of Scooby Doo fame, and another, a faithful replica of the “Mutts Cutts” van from the movie Dumb and Dumber. Now, Scooby Doo fans have yet another cool custom Ford Econoline based Mystery Machine to bid on, as this one just popped up for auction over at Bring a Trailer.
This particular Ford Econoline van was modified specifically for the 2021 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, and as such, is loaded with modifications aside from the typical paint job, which features blue and green hues, orange flowers, and text, coupled with simulated patina. Those include shaved front doors, fold-down side panels, LED lighting, a drop-down TV, barn-style rear upper doors, a lower drop-down ramp, a flush-mounted fuel filler door, a contoured roof rack, and an air ride suspension, which hunkers the van down over a set of XD Series wheels.
The Scooby Doo theme continues inside the cabin, which is also finished in blue and green with shag carpeting, a custom fabricated center console, an Alpine double-DIN head unit, a Cobra CB radio, Stewart Warner instrumentation, a Flaming River “shorty” steering column, and a three-spoke steering wheel.
Pop the hood, and one will find a 6.0L V8 Power Stroke diesel engine, which was lifted from a 2006 Ford E-350 and has been upgraded with a Garrett GT37 turbocharger, BD Diesel performance manifolds, up-pipes with EGR deletes, an aftermarket intake manifold, and ARP head studs. It sends power to the wheels via a five-speed 5R110 automatic transmission and a Dana 70 differential with a DuraGrip locker, dual rear-wheel axles, and 3.54 gears – making for one heck of a fun machine that’s sure to attract attention everywhere it goes.