Ford Transit’s happy anniversary

One of the UK’s most loved (and used) vans celebrated its 45th anniversary this weekend, and there appears to be no stopping it.

Worldwide, over six million models have been sold and in the UK alone over two million van drivers will have applied for commercial vehicle insurance to drive a Ford Transit since it first rolled of the production line in the UK in 1965. Born in the middle of the swinging sixties, at a time of miniskirts, mini cars and films such as The Sound of Music the Ford Transit is still going strong.

The anniversary celebrations took place in Birmingham and were launched by another icon of the 1960’s, Sir Henry Cooper, the famous boxer. Sir Henry was often photographed at the time loading or unloading a Ford Transit that was used in the family greengrocer business in London.

A special edition Transit has been commissioned for the anniversary, the Sapphire. The Sapphire went into production at the Southampton plant earlier this year and markets at around £15,000. Special features on the Sapphire include; cruise control, silver painted grille, automatic wipers and a trip computer. Van drivers will also be pleased with the hill launch assist on the new model, a boon for delivery drivers.

At the moment the Transit is built in three others places which illustrate its world wide appeal; Nanchang in China, Hai Duong in Vietnam and Kocaeli in Turkey.

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