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2013 Ford E350 Sportsmobile goes for $176,000 at Mecum's Houston auction

The Houston version of this year's Mecum Auction is where the Ford crossed the block.

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Overlanding is all the rage... but did you know it was this popular? Mecum held its annual classic and collection car auction in Houston last weekend resulting in $14.7 million in total overall sales including a number of popular off-roaders commanding top dollar.

Over the past eight weeks, Mecum has held six large-scale live actions around the country resulting in more Ethan 2,700 vehicles sold for a total of $75.5 million in overall sales and a sell-through rate of 83 percent. The Houston event contributed to 442 of the 2,700 vehicle sales.

The vehicles that commanded the top dollars in Houston included an antique truck, a vintage Land Rover Defender, and a number of exotics. But perhaps the biggest surprise of the weekend was the 2013 Ford E350 Sportsmobile (Lot S180), which went for $176,000.

Ford updated the Econoline for the 1992 model year. In its fourth generation, the Blue Oval offered the model in passenger and cargo van variants in addition to cutaway chassis configurations. Like Ford's pickup trucks, the vans were available in 150, 250, 350, 450, and 550 models. Three engines were originally available, a straight-six, V6, and V10. The For Transit replaced the Econoline in the company's lineup after 2015.

The just-sold E350 Sportsmobile has a 6.8-liter V10 engine under the hood that is paired with an automatic transmission. It has Dynatrac Pro Rock 60 front axles, Ranch XL 9000 shocks, Betts springs, an Atlas II gear-driven transfer case with 10 forward gears and two reverse gears, F550 rotors, and Warn premium hubs. The rig rides on 17-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch tires.

Its body is blue and its interior is tan. The cabin also features a pop-up roof, sink, microwave, refrigerator, pantry, multiple screens, and a custom stereo system that can be connected to via HDMI and Bluetooth. There's also an outdoor shower and air compressor.

The van gets its power from a 46-gallon fuel tank and solar power connections. It also has a generator box.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled
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Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

Ford F-150 LightningPast meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150 Lightningautomotivemap.com

Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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