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Ford Econoline With ‘Mystery Machine’ Mods Up For Auction

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.

Ford Econoline Scooby Doo Mystery Machine - Exterior 002 - Rear Three Quarters

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.

Ford Econoline Scooby Doo Mystery Machine - Interior 001

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.

Ford Econoline Scooby Doo Mystery Machine - Engine Bay 001

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.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Adrian

    Looking forward to that day when I finally get to stick the tissue box up on the front instrument cluster’s dashboard, like every good old timer, but I might have to make room and slide the bell and headlamp over a notch or two on the handlebars…????

  2. John Osbourn

    This van is real “GROOVY, MAN!!!!!”, and I’m sure Fred would love to own this version of his beloved van.


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