Lot 210 - 1965 Ford Thames 400E
|Odometer reading||43,000 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,250|
The Thames 400E was a commercial vehicle built by Ford and introduced in 1957 with production of the range continuing until September 1965 by which time a total of 187,000 had been built. Looking back on the 400E today it can be seen as an important link in the chain of Ford vans that have appeared over the years; it represented a massive step forward, notably in the engine, body, gear change, suspension and load capacity. Unlike the smaller vans, the 400E changed very little throughout its production; the range started and finished much the same, although as it went on it gathered more body styles with even the early eight seater estate version returning in the last few years of its production run. All in all it was a good van, offering both versatility and reliability. It could put up a respectable performance and for deliveries it was most useful, particularly with the nearside door offering access to the load. Without doubt, the 400E will bring back many memories to many light van drivers.
This particular Thames 400E is in outstanding condition. It is unusual for a van to be subject to such a lavish restoration but the quality of the workmanship together with the obvious financial investment result in a van to be proud of. Photographic evidence is available to show the extent of the work carried out and taking into account the restoration was completed in 1997, this gives an indication of how the van has been loved and cherished in the meantime. The current vendor purchased it from a museum and has chosen to use the vehicle on very few occasions. A change of circumstances now results in the van becoming available for another proud owner to enjoy. Supplied with a V5 registration document, together with a full year's MoT test certificate, this is surely one of the best, if not the best, Ford Thames 400E in the country.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.