You Can Buy This Sweet Ex-Secret Service POTUS Communications Van
This 4WD Ford E-350 was used in various Presidential motorcades.
Are you feeling presidential? Do you want to start overlanding and you're in the market for a full-size, four-wheel-drive van? Need a mobile command center for any particular reason? If you answered "yes" to one—or maybe all—of those questions, do we have a vehicle for you!
Perusing Craigslist classifieds is a pastime for most car folks, especially now, as America hunkers down inside following "stay-at-home" directives. And we thank that exile for bringing forth this unique and rare 1994 Ford E-350, which was posted to the autos section of Denver's Craigslist and brought to our attention by The Drive.
Codenamed "Roadrunner," the van was originally created by Wolf Coach of Auburn, Massachusetts, at a cost of more than $100,000 to serve as a U.S. Secret Service communications rig. It's now decommissioned, although the seller claims everything still works and that it was used in President Bill Clinton's motorcade. The seller apparently is the first nongovernment owner since Roadrunner's presidential service.
The rust-free, 20,181-mile heavy-duty van is powered by a 460-cubic-inch (7.5-liter) gas engine with an automatic transmission and four-wheel drive, and features a slew of creature-comfort accessories that include swivel captain's chairs, carpeted interior panels, air conditioning, and a ventilated compartment that can support an onboard toilet. It also reportedly has good tires, plus power locks and windows and cool electronic equipment like a 7,000-kW Onan generator, industrial-grade power outlets inside and out, multiple inverters. In addition, some of the lights and sirens and a satellite hookup are all still in place.
Listed for $31,000, we think this unique piece is perfect for transforming into an ultimate earthroamer, powersports-mobile, or overlanding machine. Check out the photos, see the ad on Craigslist, figure out a way to buy it, and go exploring in a piece of U.S. presidential history.