Ford Motor Company E-Series Cutaway

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Ford E-Series Cutaway
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Years of manufacture 1975 to present
Power/Fuel Diesel, Gasoline
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The Ford Motor Company E-Series Cutaway is a van chassis used for cutaway commercial and school buses. It is available in two types: the E-350 Super Duty and E-450 Super Duty which are differentiated by their gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR); with the E-450 having the higher GVWR. The E-350 is available in a single (SRW) or dual rear wheel (DRW) version, and the E-450 is available only as a dual rear wheel version. From 2002 to 2003, a third type was available: the E-550, which had the highest GVWR. However, it was discontinued for unknown reasons.

As of 2015, the E-Series Cutaway is being phased out by the Transit van. The move will help Ford consolidate its product lines globally.

Design history

The E-Series Cutaway was introduced in 1975 and coincided with the third redesign of the Ford Econoline van. With cutaway vehicles, the styling of the cab remains consistent regardless of the make and model of bus body. The cab has been restyled a number of times.


The E-Series Cutaway was introduced with gasoline fueled engines. The option for a diesel engine was introduced in 1983 after an agreement with International for production. The E-Series would be available with International diesel engines until 2010, when Ford introduced their own. However Ford was not able to install the new EPA 2010 compliant engine in the E-Series, therefore the gasoline-fueled V10 became the only option after the 2010 model-year.



  • Ford 4R100 4 speed (E-350: ~1997-2003; E-450: ~1997-2004; E-550)
  • Ford TorqShift 5R110 5 speed (E-350: 2004-2016; E-450: 2005-2016)
  • Ford TorqShift 6R140 6 speed (2016-present)


  • 138 inches (E-350 only)
  • 158 or 176 inches (E-350 and E-450)
  • 159.5, 177.5, 191.5, 209.5 or 233.5 inches (E-550 only)


  • 9,900 (for E-350 SRW)
  • 11,500 (for E-350 DRW)
  • 12,500 (for E-350 DRW)
  • 14,050 (for E-450)
  • 14,500 (for E450 with 6.8L or 6.0L engine)
  • 19,000 (for E-550)[1]


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