Ford’s iconic Transit is 45 years old next month and still going strong.

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Transit, the pioneer of the ubiquitous white van, has led the UK market ever since the year that Jim Clark won the Indianapolis 500 and F1 World Championship, Tom and Jerry and Thunderbirds made their TV debuts, the Sound of Music movie was released and Mary Quant invented the mini skirt.

Click below for more on the Ford Transit and some interesting pictures too…

At launch, the cheapest Transit, a short wheelbase, petrol-engined van with 610kg payload, cost £542.  The most expensive Transit was a 15-seat Custom bus which cost £997.From 78 derivatives in 1965, there are now more than 600 Transit entities, providing a range of dedicated commercial vehicles to ensure there is a model for every job required.

Today’s Transit continues to represent great value. A special edition “Sapphire” went into production at the Southampton Plant this year to mark 45 years of success.  The Sapphire develops more power and torque, has longer service intervals yet costs just £295 more than the last celebration model in 2005, the Transit “Hallmark”.

Here are some Transit facts:

  • Since its launch in 1965 more than six million Transits have been built at 22 factories across the world.
  • Transit is made in Southampton, with engines from Dagenham and transmissions from Merseyside.
  • More than 2.1 million Transits have been sold in Britain: Britain’s best seller with more than 23,000 sold in first half of 2010.

Over the years the Transit has appeared in lots of ads, here are a couple…

005 1979 Transit arrives on the moon 386x320

1979 - Ford Transit arrives on the moon

004 1975 Penthouse magazine sponsored a team of racing escorts and naturally chose Transits for support vehicles 427x276

1975 - Penthouse magazine sponsored a team of racing escorts and naturally chose Transits for support vehicles

Finally, here’s a shot from 1985 featuring Stunt man Steve Matthews jumping over 15 cars for charity – he must be mad!

007 1985 Stunt man Steve Matthews jumped over 15 cars for charity 427x317

Ford have provided Tachoblog with lots (and we mean lots!) more great Transit pictures and we’ll bring you some more soon.


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