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The Ford Transit has been the UK’s biggest selling commercial vehicle since the first one revved up in 1965. It’s a very British product: assembled in Southampton, its engines are built in Dagenham, Essex, and the transmissions in Halewood on Merseyside. Part of the reason for its longevity and popularity has been its flexibility. Is there anything a Transit van can’t be used for? Some have even been turned into racers, powered by Formula One engines.

In July 2005, the five millionth Transit rolled off the production line at Southampton. That same month, Transit fans drove a convoy of about 150 restored models, some dating back to 1965, from the Ford Dunton Research plant in Basildon to Southampton to celebrate the vehicle’s 40th birthday. And the Transit’s not just popular in Britain: 50% of all vehicles produced are exported to more than 50 countries around the world.

Photo: Maria Gibbs

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it has served britain for 40 years and still going strong today

cameron


Old transits never die they just turn into useful spares.
Frank Charters


I've owned about 10 trannys and converted 7 of them to camper/day vans and have never found a more reliable/fun to drive van or car come to that.Just bought a replacement for my CI camper(78),a 1990 mk 3 rare Spencer sherwood motorhome and after 2 years trannyless its great to be back in the saddle.And my old CI is still truckin and parks in the same yard as me,Hows that for reliability eh?.Gray. PS anyone got a set of bull/crash bars for it?
Mr G Grisbrook


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