As we reported today, the Ford Transit is 45 years old next month. While there is sure to be celebrations next month, we felt it was necessary to show you some of the images Ford gave us of Transit vans down the years.
We found them entertaining, interesting and sometimes downright bizarre. However, it does show how much the Transit has become ingrained into our culture and how important it has been on the growth of the LCV industry and the millions of people who rely on the original ‘White Van’ in business.
It’s a testament to the Transit that Ford was able to release over 150 images of Ford Transit vans from down the years, each unique and interesting. We’ve struggled to narrow them down to just five, but eventually we managed it. Now we can present our five best uses for a Ford Transit.
5) Ideal for use on Britain’s pothole-covered roads, this Monster Truck Ford Transit will make easy work of them, and if you hit a traffic jam, just roll right over it.
4) Do you own a Jurassic Park-style theme park? What better way to transport 49-foot models of dinosaurs than on a Ford Transit platform truck.
3) A Ford Transit makes an excellent racing van when fitted with a Cosworth 3.5-litre V8 producing 650bhp, like this 1995 model.
2) It isn’t all speeding around tracks though. The humble Transit has a reputation for reliability and practicality. What better transport for the Milkman doing his morning rounds.
1) By far our favourite is this image. We’re not really sure what is going on, but we do know the man in the back is not going to be having a pleasant journey.
This top five didn’t include Ford Transits used as a limousine, ice-cream van, stunt van, zebra-herder, boat (really) and even a train. If anything, it shows the versatility of the world’s most popular van.
The latest special edition, the Ford Transit Sapphire, was introduced to celebrate the 45th anniversary. At a cost of £14,995, the Sapphire is fitted with as 2.2-litre engine returning 115PS matched to a six-speed transmission.
The equipment level is vast, including; air conditioning, RadioCD player, heated mirrors, electric front windows, heated front screen, tinted glass, unique ink blue metallic paint, front fog lights, full wheel covers, front and rear mudflaps and ABS brakes with EBD.
With over six million vehicles sold worldwide to date, and countless uses for the best-known van in the world, the Transit van will inevitably go from strength to strength for many years to come.