The Ford Transit, is now 50 years old and to celebrate, it has been painted in gold and exhibited at the Commercial Vehicles Show (CV Show 2015) in Birmingham, England. I must point out that this isn’t real gold.
It may have been around for half a century but the Transit is still one of the most common vehicles you will spot on the road, albeit not the most glamorous. So why am I writing about it? Because this van plays a part in all our lives. Most goods, including our luxury shoes and handbags, are delivered in a Ford Transit or at least some of their parts are carried in one. Therefore, it would seem almost ungrateful to skip the Transit’s milestone birthday.
The transit is an unlikely automotive icon. I know many people will reject this notion, decrying the Transit as just a commercial vehicle, but it has been in production for half a century; that’s something you cannot ignore. During the Transit’s 50 years on the road, it has been improved to the point of being one of the most reliable vehicles on the planet; basically, a Transit will keep working until it runs out of fuel.
I‘d love to write about all the Transit models available but there are more than 12 million possible combinations! So, I would be typing for quite some time.
Next time you see a Ford Transit, remember it is probably older than you so respect your elders!