Ford Transit Turns 45
“Ford's iconic Transit has a significant birthday next month, celebrating 45 years of success. The Ford 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,” stated the press release.
When the Transit was launched, the vehicle offered a payload of 610kg and used a petrol engine, with the top of the range version being a 15-seat Custom bus. From 78 derivatives in 1965, there are now more than 600 Transit versions, offering a complete range of commercial vehicles to cover all the potential jobs.
This comes after the Transit reached the six millionth units production landmark in April. To celebrate both occasions, Ford has released a special edition of the van, called Sapphire.
“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,” stated the press release.
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